The Eco Retreat has already begun amidst the Coronavirus pandemic in Odisha. Keeping the importance of nature in this global warming situation, Sambalpur Forest Division has started the ‘One Tent One Plant’ program.
This program will encourage the visitors to plant trees near their tents at the getaway before they leave or depart. The three-month Eco-Retreat, which started on 9th December, will be observing this program through these months, and the authorities will make sure that this initiative will continue to promote nature.
The initiative is aimed at reducing the carbon footprint at the site, which would witness human activities. This program will also ensure to enhance the green cover around the Hirakud reservoir. Sanjeet Kumar, Sambalpur DFO, stated that after the eco-retreat is over, this can leave behind a carbon footprint, which can only be neutralized by planting trees around that area. If we started planting the trees from now onward, then it will help in reducing the carbon footprints after three months.
He further stated that if this program gets successful, then the site can be developed into a permanent eco-tourism destination. He hoped that the visitors and the tourist would lend their hand and take part in this initiative, which will help to develop a green cover along the area.
In this initiative, the Forest Department has set a minimum target of 2,000 trees by the end of the three-month eco-retreat, which will be over 28th February 2021. As per their reports, the plants will be grown over 60,000 square meters of land, and the Forest Department has already completed the fence work of the area along with pits for the planting of the saplings.
Saplings of the Neem tree and bamboo and few flowering plants that need less maintenance will be planted in that area. In these three months of Eco-Retreat, the plants will be observed and maintained by the managing body and later will be handed over to the Forest Department.
Even the department will also be a part of training on making seed balls for guests while two staff will be training them on the process. Apart from the seed balls, medicinal plants will be collected from the visitors and later will be planted during the monsoon season.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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