Himachal Pradesh government has set a target of planting over one crore saplings this year to increase the depleting green cover in the state. Himachal Pradesh was the first state in country to earn carbon credit. Accordingly, a sum of Rs 1.93 crore has been received from the central government as the first installment, which was distributed to self-help groups, an official spokesman said in Shimla on Sunday.
As per a report released by the Indian Institute of Forest Surveys (Dehradun), there has been an increase of 13 Sq Km in forest area due to the efforts of the government and high survival rates of new plantations, he said. The official said the participation of Panchayats, urban local bodies, NGOs, Education and other Institutions, and other such organisations had helped a lot in survival of new plantations.