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Express news service
Posted online: Tuesday , March 25, 2008 at 12:33:05
Updated: Tuesday , March 25, 2008 at 12:55:44
Ahmedabad, March 24

To implement the Forests Rights Act, the State government has formed 4,403 village committees to verify claims of the forest dwelling tribal population. The committees will forward their recommendations to district level bodies for final scrutiny and preparation of the list of claimants entitled for land titles said the Forest Minister Mangubhai Patel in response to a starred question by Meghraj Congress MLA Mahendrasinh Vaghela.

The Forest Minister said that the state government plans to declare over 17,000 hectares of green cover in the foothills of Girnar Mountain as aReserved Forest, thus providing a protected shelter for the Asiatic Lion outside the Gir Sanctuary. The minister was answering a starred question by Una MLA Kanu Rathod.

The State Urban Development department plans to earn Rs 8 crore per annum through carbon credits trading under the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Minister Nitin Patel said that the department will soon shortlist 10 municipalities that would earn carbon credits by appropriate disposal of urban waste, thus preventing release of methane into the atmosphere.


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