How porcupines, nilgai and boars make Indian forest communities poorer
July 19, 2020 |
July 19, 2020
People and wildlife are increasingly coming into conflict over living space and food around the world. While the conflict and loss of lives on both the sides get into limelight, little is known about the economic impact of the rising conflicts on the communities living in forests for ages despite multi-facet risks. A study by TERI has thrown a light on this recently. The study in Uttar Pradesh's Terai region at the Indo-Nepal Border, has found that the families living in the proximity of reserve forests incur 5-10 per cent monetary losses annually due to crop depredation.
To Help Conserve Precious Biodiversity, India Needs to Empower its Forest-dwelling Population
May 21, 2020
The value chain of trade of biological resources and their derivatives like medicinal plants, extracts of medicinal plants, fishes, processed food and pharma industry, are responsible for creating jobs for probably another 30% population of the country.
How can India overcome policy and institutional gaps in forest management
April 29, 2020
The objectives of forest management defined informally by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change are growing and using more wood, drawing linkages between forests and water conservation, and improving the livelihoods of Forest Dependent Communities. These are the need of the hour, considering the urgency for climate change mitigation, combating land degradation and biodiversity conservation.
Gurugram: Leopard study, animal census await funds as conflict escalates
February 16, 2020 |
February 16, 2020
A statewide animal census and an ecological study of leopards and hyenas, in Gurugram and adjoining districts, have been gathering dust for one and over two years, respectively, as the state government is yet to allocate funds. Experts and environmentalists said a targeted ecological study on leopards was more important than a census count, given the rising number of wild animal deaths in Gurugram and Faridabad. According to Dr Pia Sethi, of the Centre for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services at TERI, a targeted leopard study is the need of the hour.
Rights of forest dwellers: Recent SC verdict exacerbates injustice done
March 13, 2019
| Financial Express
The National Forest Policy (1988) embodies the social, economic and ecological elements of sustainable forest management. Playing a pivotal role in the policy, the social element of the policy was implemented via notifications in 1990. These notifications address regularisation of eligible encroachments, and the involvement of forest-dependent communities for management, conservation and protection of forest resources, through the institution of Joint Forest Management.
Minor Forest Produce will bring support to forest communities
February 24, 2019
Sustaining over 30 crores of forest dwelling population in India is a challenge. The strategy to address this challenge has to take into account the potential of those forest dwelling communities and the immediately available resources for livelihood. Minor Forest Produce (MFP) is one such opportunity which can turn around the prospects of 10 crore MFP collectors and would also be able to generate employment opportunities nationwide. But fixation of MSP has been done with limited supporting information.