Green Tamil Nadu Mission

Forests and Trees are essential for sustaining life on our planet. Forests and Trees contribute to food security, sustainable agriculture protection of biodiversity, sustainable livelihoods and economic prosperity. Forests and Trees are important carbon sinks and have a central role to play in meeting the challenge of climate change.

Increasing Forest and Tree cover is important to ecology and economy as a viable nature-based solution which will aid in mitigating adverse impact of climate change. Extreme weather events in the recent past have increased, leading to large scale devastation along coasts, urban settlements, farmlands, forests, and grasslands impacting life, property and biodiversity. There is a need to arrest these and mitigate the impact of these events.


The state of Tamil Nadu is committed to sustainably managing its forest and tree cover to support climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Enhance the Forest and Tree cover from the existing 23.8% to 33% through a meticulously planned tree planting campaign over a period of 10 years.

The state plans to contribute to the target of creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tones in its forest and tree cover by 2030 as part of its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) commitments under the Paris Agreement.

Forest land restoration by encouraging planting of indigenous/native species which locally adapt to rainfall and temperature extremes and promote biodiversity, critical in addressing the concerns of climate change.

Increasing Tree cover outside conventional forests for climate change adaptation and mitigation and for improving income opportunities of farming communities, by actively promoting agroforestry.


Tree Cover

Increase the Forest and Tree Cover in the State from present 23.8% to 33% by the year 2030-2031 as per the National Forest Police


Expand tree cover on farmlands to complement agricultural crops

CPP Mode

Improving growing stock and biodiversity in the State of Tamil Nadu through community-public-private participation


Planting of 47 lakh seedlings in the current financial year

Under Green Tamilnadu Mission it has been proposed to plant over 47 Lakhs saplings across Tamil Nadu within this year of 2021 - 2022

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