Real state of India’s forests

Real state of India’s forests

India has been trying to achieve to put 33 per cent of its geographical area under forest, but the latest report shows that it is yet to reach 22 per cent

Fire in the mountains

Fire in the mountains

Researchers studying bird communities in Kumaon Himalayas detail the devastating effects of Uttarakhand's forest fires on wildlife and biodiversity of the region

The Chipko movement as it stands today

The Chipko movement as it stands today

The idea behind the Chipko movement originated in early 1970s from Mandal, a village in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Forty-three years later, Down To Earth travelled to Chamoli and Tehri Garhwal and spoke to the participants of this movement about its relevance today

Forest conservation is too complex an issue to be resolved by executive fiat

The condition of India's forest and her forest dwellers is extremely grave. A fresh round of police attacks on tribal people -- four dead in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh in 2001; one in Kawardha, Chattisgarh 2003, 12 to 15 in Muthanga, Kerala in 2003 -- testifies to perversion of the symbiotic realtionship between tribals and forests, eulogised in the national forest policy. Across states, large areas have been declared state forests without any survey. Areas under multiple jurisdiction, where ownership rights are in complete government-made mess, are being scooped into the forest department's (FD) maw. It is mostly tribal lands the state has taken over as state owned forests by labeling tribals as 'encroachers' on their ancestral properties; a clear travesty of Article 338(9) of the Constitutionwhich places protection and welfare of tribal people as a sacred trust with the state

Forest conservation is too complex an issue to be resolved by executive fiat
Chipko: an unfinished mission

Chipko: an unfinished mission

In 20 years, Chipko has acquired many facets, primarily as a conservation endeavour by the poor, a struggle for local control of natural resources and an effort by women to protect their environment. Chipko influenced the world, but have its local objectives been met? Author toured the districts of Garhwal and Kumaon and met the people behind the Chipko and those whose lives it has touched. He traceds the origins and the spread of Chipko and assesses its contributions, its discord and its standing today. In the Crosscurrents section five chipko observers, some of whom have been linked with the movement, present their views and a Chipko heroin, Gayatri Devi recounts the hard days.

More miles to go for Chipko women

More miles to go for Chipko women

The Chipko movement halted commercial tree felling in UP's Chamoli district, but the women who led it are still fighting corrupt and indifferent forest officials and fund constraints to maintain the pace of development

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