Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS) has been entrusted the preparation of “A Comprehensive Policy for Greening and Beautification of Non-Forest Lands for the State of Andhra Pradesh – to create ecologically sustainable green spaces and improve the ambience and quality of life in the State” by Andhra Pradesh Greening & Beautification Corporation (APG&BC), erstwhile Andhra Pradesh Urban Greening & Beautification Corporation Limited (APUG&BCL), Govt. of Andhra Pradesh on 12th June 2017.
In order to adhere to timelines, CIPS has engaged several knowledge partners/consultants/professionals/experts/academicians from organizations of national repute like Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Indian Institute of Forest Management, Goa University, Goa Forest Development Corporation, Goa Forest Training School, etc. in the areas of botany, biodiversity, taxonomy, ethno botany, plant anatomy, wildlife, eco-restoration, eco-tourism, innovative livelihoods, urban greening, landscaping and afforestation with indigenous species, lake restoration, development/planning of city parks, river cruises among others based on their C.V and general reputation.
CIPS team had attended “National Seminar on Tree Transplantation” organized by APG&BC to interact with experts in understanding the technical aspects related to tree translocation. Several deliberations were held with the above-mentioned knowledge partners at Goa, Vijayawada and Hyderabad towards fine-tuning the draft policy.
Based on the extensive research and deliberations held with the domain experts/knowledge partners, it can be said that, this policy is the first of its kind in the country and holds the potential to usher in a greening movement in all urban areas of Andhra Pradesh. This policy recognizes the concerns of the people by providing intangible benefits like improved quality of life in terms of health and well-being, reduction of pollution, soil and moisture conservation besides taking care of aesthetics and recreational needs of people. In short, the policy has all the features required ranging from human resources to viable financial options to undertake massive greening programmes in urban areas with a people-centric approach.