Date : May – June 2016
The current issue of G’nY briefly touches upon forest fires and moves on to myriad issues from climate change to mining. The series of recent forest fires in Uttarakhand has been shocking for India as the extent of damages cannot be assessed. Forest Survey of India does not feel the need to supply annual data of forest area lost to fire despite the National Remote Sensing Centre throwing up real-time images of areas affected. Likewise the Survey of India, mandated to map the forests, shrug away their responsibilities as the gallant National Disaster Response Force flounder, despairing that an accurate fire prone forests map could equip them to fight the fires better. This issue gives you an insight about such issues in detail.