Local NGO lists native species to be planted in different urban centers
Here’s what you must know before you plant another tree in Chennai
Care Earth Trust, in collaboration with the Chennai Corporation, has conducted an extensive study across the city to identify suitable species of plants to be planted in each area and invasive, non-native species to be avoided.
In the aftermath of Cyclone Vardah, the city’s green cover is at 15%, whereas the recommended for urban areas stand at 33%.
The city also falls short of World Health Organisation on open space per capita, having 0.5 sq. m against recommended 9 sq. m.
Urban afforestation guidelines have been issued by Ministry of Urban Development so the rules provide a broad framework for any large scale initiative to have a net positive effect on the environment.