Bhubaneswar: Leaving behind a trail of devastation, the severe cyclone FANI uprooted and damaged multi million trees in the cyclone affected areas of Odisha. The deadly FANI destroyed at least 20 lakh trees alone in Bhubaneswar.
The preliminary assessment done by the State revealed that district which were worst affected were Puri, Khurda and Cuttack. More than 50 percent trees have been uprooted in Balukhanda sanctuary of Puri Coast alone. It is a challenging task to revive the greenery of these areas just like before the cyclone.
Further, horticultre has also been badly affected in area like Satapada, Krushnaprasad, Brahmagiri, Gop, Satyabadi, Nimapara, Pipili and blocks of Puri district along with urban areas of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Coconut and cashew plants, major source of livelihoods in coastal region, are severly damaged. The loss of trees due to FANI is likely to result in heavy soil errosion, rise in temperature and sea level, green house effect, loss of ozone layer which are alaraming for the ecosystem.
Massive plantation through a convergence mode is the only way out to maintain the ecological balance. The initial steps to be taken-up under “Green Odisha Drive“ to deal with the adverse climatic effects are rehabilitation/ translocation of cyclone affected trees, preparation of bio-manure from green wastes, decentralised nursery and mass plantation drive. This requires collective action from Government, Civil Society Organizations, Community based organization and Corporate CSR making the ‘Green Odisha Drive‘ sucessful.
In this regard, Civil Society Responds to FANI (CSRF) along with CYSd organized a workshop on Green Odisha with participation of Forest Department, Muncipal Corporation, Civil Society Organizations, Business community and Panchayat Representatives who exchanged views on the initiative and carved out a plan of action.
Eminent persons who shared the panel were Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF), Dr. Sandeep Tripathy, Bhubaneswar Additional Commissioner, Satyajit Mohanty, Former Chief Secretary Odisha & Union Secretary of Rural Development Jugal Mohapatra, Former Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), Aurobindo Behera, Environmentalist Prof. Radhamohan along with Director of Horticulture, Member Cocunut Board, Panchayat Represenntatives and volunteer.