The Northeastern States have been maintaining forest cover in accordance with the National Forest Policy, 1988 mandate of maintaining two-third in the hills and one-third in the plain areas with regard to the total geographical area.
Indirect benefits of forest cover, for example, carbon dioxide absorption, oxygen emission, melioration of climate, conservation of soil and water and so on, which are taken for granted, need to be assessed.
I appeal to all to keep North East India always under sufficient green forest cover.
North East was green, is green and must remain green. I appreciate the efforts of the Vibgyor Media Solutions Ltd and Eastern Chronicle who spearheaded the Northeast Green Summit at Tura, West Garo Hills, Meghalaya.
(Mr Marak is an Indian Forest Service officer and currently Meghalaya’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Territorial). He is also the Chairman of Meghalaya Pollution Control Board)