Mangroves-surviving against all odds

Mangroves are critically important wetlands in view of the variety of ecosystem functions they perform. Yet, they are witnessing widespread destruction, much to the peril of coastal communities. A better understanding of their role is of utmost importance for designing future management strategies.

Disaster Events # Forests | VOL. 16, ISSUE 96, May-June 2016

Forest Fires in Uttarakhand

Forest fires in Uttarakhand are a result of warped policies since British times that wrested control of the forests from local communities, who in turn, set forests on fire to extract their revenge. Corrective measures to turn these communities from foes into friends can definitely help protect the unique Himalayan ecosystem.

Forests | VOL. 16, ISSUE 96, May-June 2016

Forest and tree cover

The Central Government with an objective to regulate the use of forest land for non-forest purposes enacted the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. As per the Act the use of forest land for non-forestry purposes requires prior permission of the Central Government. The 1980 Act has helped in protecting forest area and tree cover through the years. According to India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2015, the total forest and tree cover in the country is 7,94,245 sq km constituting 24.16 per cent of the total...

Forests | VOL. 14, ISSUE 85, July-August 2014

Parambikulam: Forest Dwellers in Charge

The Kerala Forest Department, through its unique model of community engagement, has involved the forest dwellers in the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve area to safeguard the forest, and provide a livelihood opportunity. The benefit—greater vigilance amounting to no poaching cases ever since the approach began in 2006.

Forests # Travel | VOL. 12, ISSUE 72, May-June 2012

Pristine Debrigarh

The mesmerising environs of the Sanctuary is a paradise for nature lovers. Abounding in grasslands and water bodies Debrigarh is a little known destination with astounding birding possibilities.

Forests | VOL. 12, ISSUE 71, March-April 2012

Urban Trees for Combating Climate Change

The urban environment of modern India has undergone dramatic changes predominated by concrete structures, congested commercial spaces and incessant traffic. The degeneration of living environment in urban areas has severely disrupted the balance of urban climate as tree cover is eliminated to make way for ‘development’.

Forests | VOL. 12, ISSUE 71, March-April 2012

Distribution of Indian Medicinal Plants: Northwest and West Himalaya

The region is estimated to have approximately 1,700 known medicinal plant species. Some of the sought after species of these regions are Aconitum heterophyllum Wall. Ex Royle, Ferula jaeschkeana Vatke and Saussurea costus (Balc.) Lipsd. S. costus is in fact confined to only the Himalayan region of Jammu and Kashmir. These critically endangered wild varieties are enlisted in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of flora and fauna (CITES).   Trans Himalaya The section...

Forests | VOL. 11, ISSUE 68, September-October 2011

Keoladeo Ghana National Park

The lifeline of the UNESCO heritage site was choked off when the Panchana Dam was built on the Gambhir River. Now there is a move to reserve a share of water from the very same Dam for the Park and rejuvenate the millions that depend on it for their lives and livelihood.

Forests | VOL. 11, ISSUE 68, September-October 2011

Forests in India: Statistics speaks

A statistical assessment of the state of India’s forests after the implementation of Forest Conservation Act, 1980 is attempted in the paper. The increasing green cover and decreasing trend in diversion of forest area after 2001 seem to be positive signs.

Forests | VOL. 11, ISSUE 66, May-June 2011

Forests of the Northeast

Over exploitation, habitat loss and fragmentation threaten the biodiversity in the northeast region of India. Serious efforts have to be made by the government as well as the people to protect and conserve the vestiges of virgin forests that still remain in the most forested zone of the country.