Q: I am Nikhilesh, currently trying to research on Nagar Vana Udyan Yojana (NVUY) launched by Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change. I will be obliged if you could share your personal views points on this subject for effective afforestation. I have attached a brief on the details. Few of my questions – 1) Do you evaluate NVUY as an effective initiative from the ministry for afforestation? 2) As the responsibility of maintaining the NVUY lies with municipal authority, do you see they taking interest in developing and sustaining the NVUY? 3) As the NVUYwill be made over forest land, should the government allow private players to participate for development and sustaining NVUY? 4) There are plans of 200 NVUY the current status is 45 proposals are approved by CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Management and Planning Authority). Look forward to your views.

Asked by Nikhilesh Shrikhande

Answer from Praveen Bhargav, Wildlife First: While it would be difficult for us to comment specifically on Nagar Vana Udyan scheme, the key issue in our view is about allocating CAMPA funds for urban tree planting projects. Please see this published article which argues why CAMPA funds must be utilised to consolidate large forest landscapes instead. Also, in Aug 2015, Conservation India ran a public campaign asking that the Compensatory Afforestation (CAF) Bill 2015 be recast. Thanks.


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