Recently, which State Government, as an Environment initiative, has allowed any person to forge relationship with trees?
A recent notification by the Forests, Environment & Wildlife Management Department, Government of Sikkim titled Sikkim Forest Tree (Amity & Reverence) Rules 2017 states that the “State government shall allow any person to associate with trees standing on his or her private land or on any public land by entering into a Mith/Mit or Mitini relationship.”
Three way of forging relationship:
Fraternal tree: People to forge a relationship of brotherhood or sisterhood with trees through a practice locally known as Mith/Mit or Mitini.
Adopted tree: The notification also states that a person can also adopt a tree “as if it was his or her own child in which case the tree shall be called an adopted tree.”
Smriti tree: A third way to forge a relationship with a tree is by “preserving a tree in remembrance of a departed relative in which case the tree shall be called a smriti tree.”