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Majuli set to become country’s first ever carbon neutral district

Assam government has launched ‘Sustainable Action for Climate Resilient Development in Majuli’ (SACReD, Majuli) to make river island Majuli country’s first ever Carbon Neutral district by 2020.

The project has been initiated by Assam’s department of Environment and Forest to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It presents a vision and roadap for a carbon netural Majuli.

Key Facts
  • SACReD, Majuli project is part of the French Development Agency assisted Assam Project on Forest and Biodiversity Conservation (APFBC).
  • Under it, mitigation through forestry activities and biodiversity conservation will be the starting points for carbon neutral agenda followed by other interventions over the next three years.
  • The project will be designed and implemented in partnership with other departments of island district for which a district level committee under chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner has been constituted.

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Assam’s Majuli becomes first island district of India

Majuli became the first island district of India after it was inaugurated as the 35th district of Assam by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

The inauguration the island district coincides with the 90th birth anniversary of Assamese music maestro and Dadasaheb Phakle awardee Bhupen Hazarika.

Earlier in September 2016, Majuli had become the world’s largest river island in the Guinness Book of World Records, replacing Brazil’s Marajo.

During inaugurating the island district, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced that construction of Bogibeel bridge was at its terminal stage and Dhola-Sadiya Bridge will be commissioned in 2017.

Besides, Chief Minister also held the cabinet meeting at Majuli which was for the first time held outside Guwahati. It was announced that state government has proposed to set up cultural university in Majuli to enable research and advanced studies of art and culture of the state. State Government also has decided to set up centre of water resources in the island to suggest remedial steps for the recurring flood and erosion there.

For more details: Majuli, worlds largest river island

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