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Bamboo now a minor forest produce

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2011
The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has asked states to treat bamboo as a minor forest produce (MFP). Environment minister Jairam Ramesh directed the states to ask their forest departments to follow this categorisation in a letter dated March 21.

‘State has tendu trade right’

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2011
AN EXPERT committee, formed by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, has recommended that trade control of tendu leaves, critical for forest dwellers’ income, should vest in the state. The panel, headed by agriculture economist T Haque, was set up to ensure ownership rights of forest dwellers over minor forest produce (MFP) and fix their minimum support price (MSP) in tribal areas.

Bamboo sale for bamboo rights

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2011
MENDHA Lekha village in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra staged a novel protest on February 15. It organised a bamboo sale in the village to highlight the forest department’s refusal to grant transit passes to transport bamboo out of the village for sale.

Roundtable: Is Bamboo a Minor Forest Produce?

The MFP roundtable participants discuss what constitutes a minor forest produce and whether bamboo fits its definition.   Read Sunita Narain's column, "Is bamboo a tree or grass?"

Roundtable on Minor Forest Produce: Introduction

Sunita Narain, Director of the Centre for Science and Environment, discusses the confusion surrounding the Forest Rights Act and forest management.

Is bamboo a tree or a grass?

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2010
The definition is contested as the answer has immense economic implications. If bamboo is a tree or timber, it belongs to the forest department and can be auctioned to the paper and pulp industry, often at throwaway rates.

A wild food trail

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2010
Among the tribals of Bastar, monsoon months are known as haduk. They are the lean months when grains in the house are used up in sowing and the new harvest is yet to arrive.


Issue Date: Jul 15, 2010
Retrofit gadgets, reduce e-waste Electronic gadgets outnumber grocery items in a household these days (‘A different waste model’, June 1-15, 2010, and ‘IT’s underbelly’, May 16-31, 2010). What’s more, software-based devices such as cellular phones, cameras and computers have a short lifespan due to fast-growing research and constant innovation. What is a breakthrough today becomes outdated in a year. This results in piles of e-waste every year.

The unfolding story

Issue Date: Apr 22, 2011
Red Letter Day for bamboo

Mendha Lekha's struggle for bamboo rights

Issue Date: Apr 22, 2011
In 2008, the village applied for the right over 18 sq km of village forest area under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 Read full story: Give us 18 sq km In 2009, Mendha Lekha alongwith Marda village became the first villages in the country to win community rights under the Forest Rights Act.
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