Forests are essential to life on earth. They are home to many species, from large mammals to many micro-organisms. The goods and services provided by forests are beneficial to humans in many ways such as economically, health-wise, emotionally or socially. After Oceans, Forests are the world’s largest storehouse of carbon – thus known as carbon-sinks. They contribute in climate change mitigation, absorbing carbon dioxide from atmosphere and store them in wood, leaves and soil and produce oxygen for people to breath. They have an important role in Global Water Cycle, as well.
Realizing these facts, greening has been made the integral part of Urban Planning in UT Chandigarh. The City with 46% of forest and tree cover, two Wildlife Sanctuaries, green belt on the periphery as well as criss-crossing the length and breadth of the city speaks volume of visionary approach of the planners and active implementation and execution of the plan by various stakeholders.
The Green Gems of the City like Shivalik Arboretum, Butterfly Park, Peacock Park, City Forests, Botanical Garden & Nature Interpretation Centre are significantly contributing to the greenery of the City Beautiful, making it more green and beautiful.