Andhra Pradesh is endowed with rich forests extending over an area of 43,877 sq. Kms. This constitutes 47.69% of the State's Geographic area. The Western Ghats in this State is a repository of rich bio-diversity in which several endangered and threatened flora and fauna are found. Andhra Pradesh also possesses rich diversity in its mangroves and wetlands at Ramtek and Hingana. However one-third of the forest area is estimated to be degraded due to anthropogenic forces like illicit cutting etc.
Pollution, deforestation and wildlife trade of the aspirations of more than one billion people. These are some of the critical issues that India grapples with every day. But as the country's population and economy continue to grow, the need to find solutions becomes more urgent every day. Across India, concern is mounting over an ever growing list of environmental problems. More people means increased pressure on natural resources (from water to forests).
Environmental awareness camps would be conducted in the target areas to ensure better awareness on environment and protection of environment. These camps will be conducted in the 40 hamlets/villages of Atmakur Division. Planting of 5000 saplings in schools, dwelling places and main forest lands and setting up of Third Step: Exhibition on environmental awareness SHGs activities to protect the environment School environmental club etc.
The environment and ecological stability in Atmakur Forest would be ensured. At least 5000 sapling would cover outside forests for livelihood security. At least 40 SHGs would be formed in the 40 hamlets/villages The tribe/villagers would have information and awareness on basic health and sanitation Environmental pollution would be reduced in the targeted 40 hamlets/villages.