The employees and officers of VSEZ and the Units located in VSEZ, Visakhapatnam have celebrated the International Day of Forests 2021, near Peripheral road, adjoining Maxworth Unit of VSEZ in Duvvada, today to mark the occasion. On the occasion Sh A Rama Mohan Reddy, the Development Commissioner has started the event by planting saplings of “Kanuga” known as Pongamia pinnata an ever-green and hardy forestry species on the degraded soils and drains of VSEZ Campus which is spread over 360.5 Ac. It has 65 functional units with 393212 regular manpower working in the zone. The function was attended by a large number of people from VSEZ including House Keeping Teams and Security personnel.
Before starting the event, Sh Reddy addressed the gathering in Pongamia garden, adjoining the Vigyan College, and explained the importance of raising forests and conserving them as such to fight the ill effects of Global warming and Climate Change. The theme of this year’s international day is “Restoration of Forests- a path to recovery and well-being”, says Mr Reddy and appealed to all, that it is enough if we conserve our existing forests for the well-being of 1.6 billion people dependent on forests globally. He also said that VSEZ has set a goal for planting 1.1 lakh plants before 15th August 2021, as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Celebrations.
Stating further he said that, the International Day of Forests was first established in the year 2012 to be celebrated on the 21st of March every year by the decision of the United Nations General Assembly. Last year it was celebrated with just ten people due to Corona lockdown, whereas now it was celebrated with good gathering and enthusiasm says Reddy. He appealed to all the gathering to plant at least one plant in their house premises on this occasion and save the Globe and the future as well.
Forestry is also an important field that requires public attention and It is very necessary that the common public has to understand the value of forests in our daily lives, not simply as raw material, source of employment, or source of income, but also as a carbon trapping mechanism and reversing the process of climate change says Reddy.
He said on the occasion, that the Forests play a great role in collecting and releasing water, from the atmosphere and purifying the atmosphere on the earth and maintain, habitat balance between flora and fauna, besides carbon sequestration. On the occasion, he said that India has a forest cover of 24.39% of the geographical area, and he also praised that the country has recorded an increase in forest cover from 2015-17 onwards by 1% and the biggest contribution comes from AP, Karnataka and Kerala. The activity was attended by Phani DDC, ADCs Prasanna, Srinivas and Raju, ACA Priyanka, Customs officers Shankar and Chinta, and Engineering and office staff.