Chhattisgarh government reinstates the role of the forest department to coordinate claims that are to be filed by communities, according to the basic structure and procedures laid out in law
Forest depts as nodal agency for community forest resources: A political blunder
How can India overcome policy and institutional gaps in forest management
Why South India needs the Shola forests of the Nilgiris
Shaala Sangwari: Killing two birds with one stone
The 'Shaala Sangwari' project in Chhattisgarh's Kabirdham district aims to employ educated Baiga tribal youth by making them teach their ...
Forest rights in Bastar: Of tribals being ‘guests’ in their own woods
There is a strong need to recognise locals’ customary rights over forests in Bastar and enhance their capacity to ...
Community-based natural resource management in Himachal still weak
A host of measures are needed to ensure community-based natural resource management and better provisioning of ecological services for the ...
The ambiguous future of Jharkhand’s Saranda forest
The proposed diversion of 46,000 hectares of virgin forest of Saranda division for mining will destroy the whole forest ...
Ten myths and fallacies about afforestation
It is no panacea for increasing green cover
What an Indian environmentalist in Brazil has to say on the Amazon fires
Kerala-born environmental scientist Shaji Thomas, who has been working in the Amazon for the past 25 years, shares his ...
‘The fight to save the Amazon is urgent as there is no Plan B’
One of Brazil’s most noted indigenous voices, Sonia Guajajara, speaks on the Amazon fires
Goa’s private forests, a last defence against global warming
The government needs to work on incentives for people to hold on to private forests rather than sell them
Forest rights: Forgotten histories or deliberate ignorance?
Incomplete verification of rights under FRA fail to redress the historical injustice meted out to forest dwelling communities
Planting forests no panacea for the climate crisis: IPCC
The IPCC’s Special Report on Climate Change and Land says land-based carbon sinks are not limitless
How the conservation potential of FRA has been wilfully undermined
The environment ministry hasn’t quite understood and accepted the FRA nor has it shown the required urgency to formulate ...
Revisiting the tigers vs tribals trope
Instead of rejecting forest dwellers rights over land to conserve wildlife, a sincere and responsible implementation of FRA must ...
CAMPA funds should be used to conserve nature
Increase in funding has not resulted in significant increase in forest cover
Wanted: Better governance models for India’s forests
While the Forest Rights Act empowered Gram Sabhas to manage and conserve forests, the Joint Forest Management mechanism could ...
Let people-centric natural resource governance be the new regime’s agenda
India must strengthen the mechanisms of natural resource management that is people-centric and sustainable to ensure economic and social ...
Who's right for the forest anyway?
Reflections on Supreme Court order to evict ‘illegitimate’ tribals from the forests
Why has no Indian political party come out with a road map on afforestation?
If political parties choose to ignore addressing this important concern, NOTA may remain the only option for people like ...
Tribal communities suffer when evicted in the name of conservation
The tribal communities are paying a brutal price for governments' agenda to boost safari, create protected areas and attract ...
The Indian Forest Act’s proposed amendment is dangerous and fanciful
Like other policies in the recent past, this one also shows the complete unwillingness of the forest bureaucracy in ...
'Progressive' Maharashtra governor must step in to save tribal land, rights
Communities expect Ch Vidyasagar Rao to stop massive diversion of their lands to sundry government projects
The rediscovery of wild food plants
While India is slowly rediscovering such plants, the forests must be co-managed by tribal communities in order to preserve ...