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

Grey water irrigation more profitable

Over the years the increasing population and urbanization has meant growing shortage of land for disposal of domestic grey water, indiscriminate cutting down of forests for biomass production and lesser availability of water irrigation. Indian researchers have found a one shot solution that can not only address all these three concerns but also generates more… Read More Grey water irrigation more profitable

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