In a massive new undertaking India is preparing to increase its current forest cover by 12 percent. This in real terms means that a third of the land on the sub-continent will have the benefit of living breathing forests.

The project has been costed at billions of USD. Surprisingly the money for this is already available and has been for the past 12 years. The funds come from money paid to the Indian government by companies who want to start up projects on forest land.

The only reason why the project was not stated sooner is that it is the bill required to kick start the work has only recently been passed by the Indian government.

On an environmental level more forests are the perfect solution to India’s rampant pollution. Not only will the people of India benefit from a greener country but so will the whole world.

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