In a bid to increase the tree cover in the State and plant the right mix of trees, State forest department has developed an android application, “Tamil Nadu Treepedia”, which offers one stop solution for individuals seeking guidance on choice of tree species.
The application has been developed under Tamil Nadu Innovative Initiatives Scheme (TANII). It provides a variety of options to farmers, home gardeners, industries and individuals to choose the right tree based on their requirement.
The main objective of this application is to guide them with the plantation technique and post plantation care. Beneficiaries can use the facilities available in this app to choose the right tree using the options like ‘choose by tree species’, ‘choose by tree type’, ‘choose by location’ and ‘tree finder’.
The initiative comes amid growing concerns about the shrinking tree cover in the State, particularly in Chennai. Sudha Raman, Vandalur zoo deputy director, who is the project coordinator, said the app has details of about 150 tree species of which majority are native ones chosen carefully based on agro-climatic conditions like temperature, soil type etc. “We want to encourage people and interest groups who are keen on undertaking greening initiatives to plant more native species. During cyclone Vardah, the large-scale tree felling was reported due to high percentage of exotic trees. We want to reverse the trend and introduce lesser known native species,” she said....Read more
Source web page:New Indian Express