India plans to launch two earth observation satellites to monitor environmental changes in the country. One is to measure carbon emissions and is due for launch in 2012 and the second is to monitor forest cover.
The Indian forestry observations satellite will be launched by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) in 2013, according to Jairam Ramesh, Environment and Forest Minister: "India will be one of the few countries in the world to launch a forestry satellite to monitor the green cover every day".
This announcement comes as the Green India Mission (GIM) plan is currently being discussed. The GIM is a 10-year long program to help green India, and is part of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), with an objective to increase forest coverage by 10 million hectares (100,000 sq.kms) by 2020 and improve ecosystems.
India currently has nine earth observation satellites in orbit.
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