Forest and Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardhan on 12 September 2017 launched the ‘Wood is Good ‘ campaign in New Delhi. Inaugurating a two-day conference on Sustainable landscapes and forest ecosystems, he said, wood is a climate-friendly material, as it is a renewable resource, having zero carbon footprint.
The Minister reiterated the government’s commitment to increase the country’s forest cover from 24 percent to 33 per cent of the geographical area and creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tons of CO2 equivalent in forests.
The Minister advocated the balancing of environmental and developmental concerns and also urged the scientists and foresters to devise a solution to the problem of weeds. Referring to the forests being an integral part of Indian culture and tradition, the Environment Minister said that India has managed to successfully conserve and enhance its forest resources.