Bihar’s remarkable strides in afforestation, driven by the Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali Abhiyan under the Rural Development Department, have garnered international acclaim at the ongoing COP-28 in Dubai. The Bihar delegation, headed by Bandana Preyashi, Secretary of the Department of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (DoEFCC), presented their success story during a dedicated “Building Climate Resilience” session at the Indian Pavilion. Read more about why Bihar was acclaimed at Cop-28 for its afforestation efforts here.
In the spotlight, Ms Preyashi highlighted Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali Abhiyan’s 11-pronged strategy involving 15 government departments. During the session, she emphasized the program’s inherent interconnectedness between water management, vegetation coverage, and sustaining life. “The ‘Jal-Jeevan Hariyali Abhiyan,’ initiated in 2019, reflects a promising way to mitigate climate change’s adverse impacts,” she stated.
The program’s impact is tangible, with over 150,000 water bodies created or restored within four years. Ms Preyashi proudly declared, “The green cover in the State has surged from 9.9% in 2019 to an impressive 14.75% in 2021, supported by 381.008 million plantations since 2012-13.” This success story positions Bihar as a potential model for regions susceptible to climate change, such as South Asian countries and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Bihar Leads with a Green Budget
Adding another feather to its cap, Bihar is among the pioneering states in introducing a green budget since the fiscal year 2020-21. Ms Preyashi remarked, “Bihar aims to allocate budgetary provisions to address climate change, conserve the ecosystem, and protect biodiversity.” The green budget initiative underscores Bihar’s commitment to sustainable practices, setting a precedent for other states to follow suit.
During the COP-28 session, Surendra Singh, Director (Ecology), DoEFCC, delved into the department’s ongoing initiatives program results, encountered challenges, and outlined the envisioned path forward. The session, moderated by Ramesh Kumar Pandey, Inspector General of Forests, Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, featured participation from other states like Sikkim and Jharkhand.
The Bihar delegation’s active participation at COP-28 signifies the state’s commitment to sustainable practices and its pivotal role in addressing climate change challenges. The global community has acknowledged and appreciated Bihar’s holistic approach, offering hope and inspiration for other regions grappling with the impacts of climate change.
Experts laud Bihar’s pioneering measures for climate change resilience, marking the state as a beacon of success in the global fight against climate change.
Overall, Bihar’s exemplary efforts in afforestation, as showcased at COP-28, validate the state’s commitment to sustainability and position it as a model for others to emulate. As the world collectively addresses the challenges posed by climate change, Bihar’s achievements serve as a beacon of hope, demonstrating that concerted efforts can yield tangible results.
Bihar was acclaimed at Cop-28 for its visionary afforestation initiatives, highlighting a sustainable path to combating climate change.