By the Blouin News Science & Health staff

Are India’s reforestation efforts too late?

by in Environment.

The forest road, Chilapata. (Source: Kaustav Das Modak/flickr)

The forest road, Chilapata. (Source: Kaustav Das Modak/flickr)

India’s lower house of government passed the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015 this week, proposing a budget of $6.2 billion to reforest certain parts of the country. As the bill makes its way to the Rajya Sabha (the upper house), the legislation has been met with mostly praise, some shock (at the sum), and intermittent criticism from those who say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been negligent in preservation efforts for existing forests.

Quartz reports that the aim of this project is to increase India’s forest cover from 21.34% of the total land to 33%, and quotes India’s environment minister, Prakash Javadekar:

“Our forest cover will dramatically increase and it will result in achieving our target 33% of tree cover and most importantly 2.5 billion tonne of carbon sink as we have indicated in our intended nationally determined contributions.”…

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