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Forest Resources

How bamboo was liberated

Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh and Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in Mendha Lekha on April 27 Read full story: Bamboo Liberation Day Photograph by: Aparna Pallavi    

Bamboo liberation day

Issue Date: Apr 22, 2011

Freeing bamboo from the state

Author(s): Ashish Kothari
Issue Date: Apr 30, 2011
The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has written to states to include bamboo in the list of minor forest produce (MFP) and to take steps to facilitate its use, sale and management by communities. The letter, dated March 21, is addressed to all chief ministers. It acknowledges the provisions of the Forest Rights Act (FRA), giving communities the right to collect, use and dispose bamboo as an MFP.

Latest updates from Mendha Lekha

Issue Date: Apr 22, 2011

Bamboo liberation day - new

Issue Date: Apr 27, 2011

Live from Mendha Lekha -Updates

Issue Date: Apr 27, 2011
Aparna Pallavi - Live from Mendha Lekha

Rural communities win right over bamboo, finally

Issue Date: Apr 27, 2011
A large crowd gathered at Mendha Lekha village in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district in the morning on April 27 to witness a historic event. The state forest department handed over a transit passbook to the village community leader Devaji Tofa, signifying the village gram sabha would henceforth exercise the power to issue transit passes for selling bamboo harvested from the nearby forests.

Jairam Ramesh withdraws guidelines violating FRA

Issue Date: Mar 4, 2011
The Ministry of Environment and Forests has withdrawn its latest guidelines for creating inviolate space for wildlife. The guidelines for creating Critical wildlife Habitat (CWH), issued on February 7, violated the Forest Rights Act, 2006, and threatened the interests of the forest dwellers (see:  ‘Misguided rules’).

No consensus on FRA review

Issue Date: Mar 2, 2011
Top forest officials and members of the National Forest Rights Act Committee are on a collision course after the panel submitted its report to the government and stated that the Act was not implemented in its true spirit.

Grassroots victory

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2011
THE past two rainy seasons 65-year-old Ramdas Rana has spent much of his sleeping hours adjusting his bed to an elusive dry patch. The thatched roof of his hut has been leaking since 2008. He could not repair it because the grass used for thatching is out of bounds for him.
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