Having suffered under both, the British and post-independence governments, even the Forest Rights Act 2006 has been partially and messily implemented in the Dangs
Huge implications for climate policy as new study confirms truth about land sink
Relying on forests to achieve net zero targets not a good idea, and scientists agree
How the size and shape of dried leaves can turn small flames into colossal bushfires
Coal mining and India’s tribal peoples: Inequality as the death knell of community
Mining and land dispossession produce new, profound inequalities within Adivasi communities, which erode their traditional egalitarian values
How FRA helped India’s forest communities during COVID-19
Stories of hope have been reported from across the tribal areas of how communities survived due to FRA even ...
Kerala’s Kadars continue fight for assertion of their community forest rights
Their Gram Sabhas have passed resolutions under the Forest Rights Act as work has progressed on the Anakkayam Small ...
Biodiversity, green cover: Bhopal’s ecological garden offers shot at conservation
The tree cover in Bhopal has declined by 44% in 2 decades; the urban forest can help compensate for ...
How a restoration project in Karnataka is helping revive ecology, community livelihood
Restoration projects can set in motion a virtuous cycle of livelihoods, biodiversity and native knowledge
Models aren’t a panacea for saving the environment: hard lessons from REDD+
Model-making leads to the potential for deforestation and improved livelihoods at scale to be sidestepped, while making it possible ...
Shifting forest finance toward a rights-based REDD+
Criticisms of REDD+ may leave the impression that this is an uncertain avenue for climate finance. The case for ...
Afforestation: How we planted 8,000 trees — and almost killed ourselves
For decades, humans have prioritised development over environment — and the consequences have been devastating
Two incidents that made me ask: Whither forestry extension?
Extension programmes in forest institutions are meant to benefit stakeholders, mainly farmers, villagers and rural communities
An open letter to forest denizens to avoid being roadkill
The hapless leopard, imprudent tiger, unreasonable tortoise, witless pangolin, incautious deer and the irrational elephant should just stop venturing ...
Odisha sal seed pickers face Amphan, COVID-19 double whammy
Sal seed procurement was delayed because of Cyclone Amphan
How COVID-19 made forest rights battle tougher for Tharu women
The Adivasi women of Lakhimpur Khiri in eastern UP show resilience
Chhattisgarh revokes: Forest dept no longer nodal agency for community rights
Chhattisgarh government reinstates the role of the forest department to coordinate claims that are to be filed by communities, according to the ...
Forest depts as nodal agency for community forest resources: A political blunder
The Chhattisgarh government issued an order on May 31, making the state forest department the nodal agency for Community ...
How can India overcome policy and institutional gaps in forest management
We need to recognise the Gram Sabha as empowered by the 73rd Constitutional Amendment
Why South India needs the Shola forests of the Nilgiris
The forests and grasslands act as water towers and influence the fortunes of farmers in the Cauvery delta
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