Fire in the forest

The head of a parliamentary standing committee on science and technology, environment and forests, Renuka Chowdhury has recently commented that the panel’s recommendations on forest fires are being ignored. The report titled ‘Forest fires and its effect on environment, forests, bio-diversity and wildlife and remedial/preventive measures’ presenting steps on mitigating forest fires had been submitted… Read More Fire in the forest

Indigenous communities forced to cede ground

Indigenous peoples are recognized and identified as distinct peoples in India through the constitution. Further, the indigenous tribal council is constitutionally recognized in India and there are specific state institutions established to deal with their rights and development. India is among the few countries where constitutional or statutory laws recognize indigenous peoples’ rights to land,… Read More Indigenous communities forced to cede ground

Mangrove ecosystems should be better protected

A recent study reveals alarming rate of mangrove habitat loss in south-east Asia. The region contains the greatest proportion (33.8 per cent) of the global mangrove forest straddling across 1,34,257 sqkm. Mangroves are salt-tolerant evergreen forests that are found along coastlines, lagoons, rivers or deltas in tropical and subtropical countries and areas around the world,… Read More Mangrove ecosystems should be better protected

Social exclusion in community forest management

Through the 1990s there have been attempts to reform India’s forest management that have been marked by a departure from colonial approaches and have tried to incorporate the concerns of the historically neglected forest dependent communities. Conservation, sustainable use and benefit sharing have been the focus. A shift was made away from exclusionary notion of… Read More Social exclusion in community forest management

Safeguard land rights of indigenous and rural women, says study

Indigenous and rural women’s rights to the vital lands and resources, and their voices in the governance of these lands, have not earned significant attention in development circles, as per a recent report by the Right and Resources Initiative. The study titled Power and Potential: A comparative analysis of national laws and regulations concerning women’s… Read More Safeguard land rights of indigenous and rural women, says study

Shifting cultivation under threat

A study by SPWD on ‘Environmental, social and health implications of shifting cultivation’ points to the risk faced by the rich agro-biodiverse systems of the shifting cultivation lands in Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The study looked at shifting cultivation practices by two Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in two districts and confirms the distinctiveness of shifting… Read More Shifting cultivation under threat