Imphal: “Save Singda Movement”, a participatory mass tree plantation drive, to conserve Singda Water Catchment area was launched by forest, environment and climate change minister Th. Biswajit Singh at Singda on Monday.
The event was organised by the state forest department as an initiative to rejuvenate the Singda Catchment Area. The campaign was launched with the aim to encourage public participation in planting trees and making the environment greener.
With the unpredictable weather phenomena observed frequently in the state, planting trees becomes one of the most effective and efficient ways to combat climate change, which can be achieved only with active public participation.
The event saw mass participation from Village Authority leaders and villagers of the nearby villages -Ireng Naga, Bethel, Kharam Thadoi, Kharam Vaiphei, youth clubs, student unions and NGOs under KfW-COSFOM Project making the event a success. Given the huge dependency of Imphal valley over the Singda Dam, the conservation of watershed is essential and the department is planning to target 10 percent of the watershed area, apart from the afforestation being done by KfW Project, a press release by DFO, Kangpokpi said.
After the successful launch, the movement will continue with more public participation, in the coming days. The department will arrange for seedlings to all the organisations, Local Clubs, NGOs, CSOs and individuals, who wanted to join/take part in this movement, the release said.