"Small hydropower is unique"

In 2002, at least 42,221 small hydropower (SHP) stations were operating in China, supplying adequate power to more than 300 million people. This achievement is the result of meticulous planning rather than any technological breakthrough. V K DAMODARAN, managing director of China-based International Centre on Small Hydro Power, spoke to SURENDRANATH C on the nitty-gritty of the country's SHP system

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

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