29 March 2023.
On March 25th, 2023, the Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Bhupender Yadav, inaugurated the Aravalli Green Wall Project. The project aims to green the 5 km buffer area around the Aravalli Hill Range in four states – Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Delhi. The project was launched on the International Day of Forests and is a part of the National Action Plan to Combat Desertification and Land Degradation Through Forestry Interventions.
The Objective of the Aravalli Green Wall Project
The Aravalli Green Wall Project aims to improve the ecological health of the Aravalli range, prevent land degradation, combat desertification, improve biodiversity, mitigate climate change, and promote sustainable development. The initial phase of the project focuses on the rejuvenation of 75 water bodies in the Aravalli landscape, starting with five water bodies in each district of the Aravalli landscape. The project aims to develop a synergy between restoration, socio-economic factors, and development activities to ensure that both conservation and development can be achieved.
The Role of Society for Geoinformatics and Sustainable Development and IMGurgaon
To mobilize people for Shramdaan for the revival of water bodies, the project has engaged the Society for Geoinformatics and Sustainable Development and NGO, IMGurgaon. Shramdaan is a voluntary contribution of labor or effort. The Society for Geoinformatics and Sustainable Development is responsible for mobilizing people for Shramdaan for the revival of water bodies at Bandhwadi, and IMGurgaon for the revival of water bodies at Ghata Bundh.