The state government said on Saturday it aimed to bring 30 percent of Karnataka’s geographic area under forest cover.
Taking part in the celebration of the 67th Wildlife Week in Bengaluru, Forestry Minister Umesh Katti said the forestry department is taking action in this regard to increase forest cover in the state.
“Currently, the state has 20.11% of its area under forest cover. Our (government) goal is to increase it to 30 percent in the next few days. To achieve the desired goal, the department has planned a variety of programs, ”Katti said even as the state witnesses constant legal struggles to protect existing forest cover.
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Fighting for more and more awareness of forest and wildlife conservation, Katti stressed, “We need to educate more and more people about the importance of wildlife and forests. If we protect the forests, it will protect us in the future. Karnataka is considered the land of sandalwood and it is the responsibility of all of us to move it forward. The department plans to make Karnataka one of the largest forest cover states in India in the coming days. “
On the occasion of the Wildlife Week celebrations, a special mailing cover on one of the endangered fish species and a wildlife conservation awareness marathon from Cubbon Park to Lalbagh were reported by the Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot.
Shivajinagar MP Rizwan Arshad, Bangalore Central Parliamentarian PC Mohan, ACS Forestry Department Jawaid Akhtar, PCCF (HoFF) Sanjai Mohan, PCCF (Wildlife) Vijay Kumar Gogi and others were also in attendance. of the event.