In the cities Srinagar and Jammu, J&K administration is giving special attention not only to the green patches to be developed but also has decided to do more in these cities.
Forest Department is dedicatedly pursuing the development of the City Biodiversity Index, Local Biodiversity Strategy, and Action Plan for Jammu and Srinagar cities.
Under the Green India Mission, which is being implemented in the Union territory for the first time, the Department will work towards increasing forest cover and improving ecosystem services including biodiversity conservation, hydrological services, and carbon sequestration. Besides, forest-based livelihood income will also be boosted and alternate fuel energy will be provided to 10,000 households. The Mission will be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs. 372.22 crore and will cover 32,420 Ha of land.
In a recent review meeting J&K Chief Secretary asked the forest deptt to ensure convergence between forest management committee, biodiversity management committee and panchayat plantation committees.
The Forest Department has proactively taken up fire prevention and management by establishing 246 fire control rooms, toll-free helpline(1800-180-7181), developing Pahredar mobile app, and taking timely mitigation measures including the creation of fire lines, water sources, tool & equipment, joint control rooms, awareness creation, and mock drills. The Department has also compiled and released various forest fire vulnerable studies namely – Manual on Prevention & Control of Forest Fires in J&K-2021; Forest Fire Vulnerability Mapping of J&K-2021; and Forest Fire Risk Zonation and Vulnerability Assessment of Forests of Jammu & Kashmir-2021.