Coimbatore Corporation has sought the cooperation of Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB), Coimbatore, for various green initiatives under the Smart City Mission. IFGTB will provide its technical assistance and scientific expertise to the Corporations in it’s various green initiatives. IFGTB will assist Corporation in areas such as selection of trees for urban greening, management of flower and vegetable waste and to make biodegradable bags to cut down usage of polythene.
IFGTB’s expertise will come in handy in choosing trees and plants suitable for Coimbatore city. Considering the climatic condition of Coimbatore and water scarcity experienced by the city, trees will be selected based on long life, drought tolerance, resistance of diseases, low water consumption and care and presence of broad leaves to absorb various pollutants. Lot of native trees too will be considered for greening the city. IFGTB will also provide its expertise in processing flower, wood and vegetable waste. IFGTB has developed a compost named ‘bio-booster’ which can be used to boost terrace garden and home garden concept as potted plants have a major contribution in urban greenery.
IFGTB is a national institute formed in April, 1988 under the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE), an autonomous council under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. It was set up to identify and evolve varieties of species used in afforestation and social forestry that will contribute to the national goal of achieving a growth of 3 to 4 cubic meters of biomass per ha per year within the ecological considerations applicable to the area.