26 Mar 2023

Bhupender Yadav Launches Aravali Green Wall Project In Gurgaon, Haryana; Learn How It Will Benefit People, Environment And Fight Climate Change

Gurgaon: Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav launched the Aravalli Green Wall Project, a major initiative to green the 5 km buffer area around the Aravali Hill Range in four states at a function organised to celebrate the International Day of Forests at Tikli Village in Gurgaon, Haryana. 

At the event, Yadav unveiled the National Action Plan to Combat Desertification and Land Degradation Through Forestry Interventions. The Union Minister also participated in a plantation drive.

Project will improve soil fertility, water availability and climate resilience

Speaking on this occasion, the Union Minister said that the Aravali Green Wall Project will not only increase the green cover and biodiversity of the Aravalli through afforestation, reforestation and restoration of water bodies, but also improve the soil fertility, water availability and climate resilience of the region. 

Will benefit local communities

Yadav said that the project will benefit the local communities by providing them with employment opportunities, income generation and ecosystem services. He said that rejuvenation of water bodies and catchment of the local streams will help in improving the overall soil moisture regime, productivity and drought resilience. 

Speaking at the event, the Haryana Minister of Forests & Wildlife,  Kanwar Pal Gurjar emphasized the importance of afforestation and restoration of degraded forests to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Aravali Green Wall Project in Haryana

In the initial phase, 75 water bodies will be rejuvenated under the project, starting with five water bodies each in every district of Aravalli landscape on March 25th. The project will also include large-scale plantation drives and conservation of water resources in the Aravalli region. 

The project will cover degraded land in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Bhiwani, Mahendergarh and in Rewari districts of Haryana. 

Aravali Green Wall Project

The Aravali Green Wall Project is part of the Union Environment Ministry's vision to create green corridors across the country to combat land degradation and desertification. The project covers states of Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Delhi - where the Aravalli hills landscape span over 6 million hectares of land. 

The project will involve planting native species of trees and shrubs on scrubland, wasteland and degraded forest land, along with rejuvenating and restoring surface water bodies such as ponds, lakes and streams. The project will also focus on agro-forestry and pasture development to enhance the livelihoods of local communities.

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