Aravalli Green Wall Project
Recently, the Aravalli Green Wall Project has been inaugurated in a program organized on the occasion of International Forest Day.
- The initiative aims to green a buffer zone of about 5 km of Aravalli mountain range spread across five states.
- Through afforestation and restoration of water sources under the Aravali Green Wall Project, not only will the green cover and biodiversity of the Aravalis increase, but the soil fertility, water availability and climate of the region will also improve.
About Aravali Green Wall Project
- The Aravalli Green Wall Project is part of the Union Forest Ministry’s vision of creating green corridors across the country to combat land degradation and desertification.
- The project covers the states of Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Delhi where the Aravalli hills are spread over an area of 6 million hectares.
- The project will involve rejuvenating and restoring surface water sources such as ponds, lakes and rivers, as well as planting native species of trees and shrubs on scrublands, wastelands and degraded forest lands.
- The project will also focus on agro-forestry and grassland development to enhance the livelihood of local communities.
- This project project will improve the ecological health of the Aravalli range. Preventing the eastward expansion of the Thar Desert and reducing land degradation by creating green barriers that prevent soil erosion, desertification and dust storms.
- Will contribute to India’s commitments under various international conventions such as UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Diversification), CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) and UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).
- In the initial phase, 75 water sources will be rejuvenated under the project, which began on March 25 with five water sources in each district of the Aravalli landscape.
- The project will also involve massive tree plantation drive and conservation of water resources in the Aravalli region.
- The project will cover barren land in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Bhiwani, Mahendragarh and Rewari districts of Haryana.
Source – PIB