States to get incentives to maintain forest cover

The Centre announced plans to give financial incentives to states maintaining their forest cover and taking steps to increase it. A plan is being worked out to give a green bonus or dividend to states that are maintaining their forest cover and are taking steps to improve it,"said Union Minister of state for Forest and Environment Jairam Ramesh at a conference on climate change.
"These states will be given financial incentives from the finance and planning commissions. The incentives will also be given to local self governments," he said, adding, this kind of encouragement is necessary for these states as they are under tremendous economic pressure to do away with forests. The minister said that India wants a fair and equitable international agreement on the issue of climate change and global warming that does not stifle its development aspiration at the forthcoming United Nations Summit on Climate Change (UNSCC) at Copenhagen.

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