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Forest Policy

The cutting edge

Issue Date: Nov 15, 1999
it is an attempt to achieve environmentally-friendly logging. Mil Madeireira, a Brazil-based forestry company, has evolved a way to cut trees in such a way that when a tree is cut, it falls in an area where few other trees would be affected. The company's logging method has been acknowledged by conservationists in their fight to stop the devastation of the world's largest tropical rainforest.

Industrial blackmail!

Issue Date: Sep 30, 1999
grasim industries ltd ( gil ), an Aditya Birla group company, sought the permission of the Kerala government to close down its viscose plant located on the banks of the river Chaliyar at Mavoor, Kozhikode district. The company also posted copies of the notice to the trade unions on August 23, 1999. The closure threatens to render about 3,000 people jobless.

Fights for space

Issue Date: Sep 15, 1998
Harvest of terror Come harvest time and tense villagers begin preparing for the next elephant raid

Rights over forests

Issue Date: Jul 15, 1998
traditionally, forests have been viewed as public goods, subjected to the tragedy of commons, as incentives to a "free ride" are enormous. However, Hardin's idea that there are only two sustainable policies either the commons should be privatised or it should be brought under the control of the government is no more the popular perception.

New mining policy

Issue Date: Jul 15, 1998
the ministry of environment and forests is formulating guidelines to regulate mining in ecologically fragile forests. According to the proposed guidelines, forests areas will be mapped to find out the quality of mineral deposits and forests, and the distribution of biodiversity and tribal population. And mining licences will only be issued if all the norms are properly met.

ARGENTINA

Issue Date: Jan 31, 1998
inter-american Development Bank recently commissioned 10 papers to investigate the key policy issues affecting Latin American forests. One paper on policies that affect forests in Latin America, by Jan Laarman, uses regional examples covering both traditional forestry policies as well as those that affect the forests: macro-economic, trade, cultural and infrastructure policies. It points out that most policies can have positive or negative impacts depending on what objectives they seek to attain.

A cryptic clue

Issue Date: Nov 15, 1997
prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral's declaration at a five-hour conclave with industrialists that the government will come up with a new "industry-friendly forest policy within a month", came as big surprise to many.

Greening up

Issue Date: May 31, 1997
the director general of the Indian Council for Forestry Research and Education (icfre) in Dehra Dun, B N Gupta, recently stressed the need for disseminating correct information on issues related to forest policy.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Issue Date: Oct 15, 1996

To Russia, with love

Author(s): Sujata Rao
Issue Date: Apr 30, 1996
WITH over 60 per cent of the world's reserves of non-tropical and largest stretch of boreal forests in the world, Russia holds the most important carbon pool in the northern hemisphere. A recent decision by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to include the virgin forests of Russia's Komi region in its World Heritage list, came as a relief for Russia's environmentalist groups. The announcement followed a year-long Greenpeace campaign to stall logging projects in the area, famed for its six million ha of untouched softwood
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