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World Environment Day function held in global host city New Delhi
At the World Environment Day (WED) function in New Delhi on June 5, the union environment minister Jairam Ramesh emphasized review of policies for better conservation and improvement in the quality of Indian forests with focus on employment.

AT A function organised on June 5 in global host city, New Delhi, for this year's World Environment Day (WED), the union environment minister Jairam Ramesh said, "Development that hurts the environment is no development but at the same time there is no justification for depriving people of development in the name of environment. We need to balance environment and development. It is, however, not an easy task."
 
Jairam emphasised review of policies for better conservation and improvement in the quality of Indian forests with centrality of employment and socio-economic returns communities living in around forests.
 
According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report shared at the function, the natural capital of forests could be up to 90 per cent of the GDP of the forest communities. Further, well planned investment in forests could ensure an environmentally sustainable development.
 
While explaining about 'Green India Plan' (GIP) launched by the government of India, Jairam said that the government decided to spend $10 billion over the next 10 years to improve the quality of forests and increase the green cover. According to him, this could only be made possible with an active participation of the local communities, the civil society and the elected representatives. GIP's aim is to increase forest-based incomes for three million households.
 
UNEP, under its theme for this year, 'Saving Forests', is celebrating the services performed by the world's forests, and WED is a week-long observance in Delhi.
 
At the World Environment Day (WED) function in New Delhi on June 5, the union environment minister Jairam Ramesh emphasised review of policies for better conservation and improvement in the quality of Indian forests with centrality of employment and socio-economic returns for communities living in around forests.
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