Source: The post is based on the article “HARIT Aaykar initiative by Income Tax Department for increasing greenery and creating micro forests” published in PIB on 1st November 2022.
What is the News?
The Income Tax Department has launched the HARIT Aaykar (Hariyali Achievement Resolution by Income Tax) Initiative on the occasion of National Unity Day.
What is HARIT Aaykar initiative?
Launched by: Income Tax Department
Under this initiative, the Income Tax Department resolves to increase the green cover by planting trees and creating micro-forests in and around the Income Tax Department’s buildings and other public areas.
What are micro forests?
A micro-forest is a small, planted forest that maximizes tree density and biodiversity.
The Miyawaki method, which was devised by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki in the 1980s is a technique to create micro forests over small plots of land.
Achieving this goal requires planting a wide variety of plants in a fairly dense manner so that the plot of land has different layers of a forest such as shrubs and canopies and not just trees.
Plants typically require anywhere between eight to nine months of care before reaching a point where the micro forest becomes self-sustaining.