Life in uneasy forest terrain
In July this year, the B Marappa Memorial Trust and the Karnataka Forest Department honoured 14 professionals for their commitment towards
and excellence in forest and wildlife protection.
talks to two of them.
AMRUT MAHAL KAVAL
Diversion of forest land denounced
The grant of close to 10000 acres of forest land in Chitradurga district for non-forestry purposes threatens the ecology of the region and
A lost emperor's cry for sovereignty
Where co-existence is an inescapable reality, the political will to minimise the human imprint, and
sensitising forest dwellers, are both critical, writes
FOREST RIGHTS ACT
Rights Act, not working right
There is wide-spread failure in safeguarding the rights of forest communities protected under the Forest Rights Act.
Governments are complicit in diluting it.
Plentiful, but for whom?
The forests of India have enough treasure to power the economy of the whole country, it seems, but not enough to empower the adivasis
who live there.
THE QUIET INDIAN
A man to match his mountains
Chandi Prasad Bhatt said that for him every river was a Ganga, a source of life and renewal, abused or ill-treated at one's peril. His
work has been an education for others.
My fossils, your land
The BioCarbon Fund promises to plant trees across a swathe of Himachal Pradesh, amidst questions about its environmental value and
Is the Forest Rights Act working?
Environmentalist Ashish Kothari discusses the politics behind the approval of the POSCO project, and how the FRA is
faring in Orissa.
Keeping the roots in place
How can forests be protected and sustained during these times of changing climates and the related uncertainties? This question was
explored at a recent conference.
Lokayukta slams mining in forests
A long history of questionable practices in the mining industry catches up with its practitioners, landing the whole affair in the Supreme Court.
EYES ON THE FORESTS
A miner's shortcut goes awry
A Jindal group-Government of TN firm attempted to get clearance for mining in the Eastern Ghats forests. Both MoEF
and a Supreme Court committee said 'No'.
Winning the battle against poaching
India's forest staff operate in appalling conditions: open-toed footwear, lack of facilities like torches, jeeps and wireless sets.
How is the fight against poaching to be won?
Lessons up the hill
A Supreme Court empowered committee calls for the blacklisting a construction firm, alleging HP state officials' connivance in violations of law.
Consent under duress
Villagers in Jamni village
protest the against the manner in which they are being relocated under wildlife conservation effort.
FORESTS AND CONFLICT
Tribals, forest interdependence, and integration
Defining a clear land-use policy, integrating tribals along with their skills
can help make the process of change easier.
Hug and save the trees
It was 25 years ago this month when villagers in Karnataka undertook an eight-kilometre-long trek to
resist massive tree-felling at the Kalase forests.
PROTECTING THE TIGER
Relocation of settlements is healing Sariska
Twenty-one families were relocated out of the core area of Sariska Tiger Reserve last year. The signs are that this has gone off well, reports
FOREST DWELLERS' RIGHTS
Uttarakhand Gujjars being ousted without compensation
A large number of Ban Gujjar tribal families remaining within the Rajaji National Park are facing constant harassment from the state forest
NATURAL RESOURCE GOVERNANCE
Early gains from Forest Rights Act
The new law's provisions are infusing into the proceedings of the Gram Sabhas a democratic character that they have lacked so far.
COMPENSATORY AFFORESTATION BILL
Institutionalising compensation for lost forests
A new Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha, ostensibly to re-green India, is actually a blow to the
Still advising the Forest Committee?
The Central Empowered Committee's oversight of the FAC may be coming to an end.
Compensatory afforestation a hoax in M.P.
The CAG's comprehensive audit on the diversion of forestland
exposes significant cases of violations.