Planting a tree is not just digging the soil and planting a sapling. The key lies in nurturing the planted saplings which, if done properly, will contribute immensely in increasing green cover and ensuring ecological balance.


In Sri Lanka, organic farmers draw inspiration from endemic practices such as home gardens or analog forestry, and have also adapted ‘imported’ ideas, such as zero-budget farming from India.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) today pulled up the environment ministry for failing to implement its ambitious projects of afforestation, conservation of biodiversity, pollution control and spreading awareness among the people besides lack of monitoring and manpower.

The CAG report, which was tabled in Parliament, found that money allotted under various environmental schemes had been

New Delhi: The environment ministry will not remain a regulatory hurdle in the process of economic growth, environment minister Jairam Ramesh said on Friday while outlining his agenda on the day he took over office.

Returning to Africa after a 10 year absence, Chris Reij could barely believe his eyes. On the arid margins of the Sahara in Niger, all he could see were trees.

Apartment owners in several plush areas of the suburbs including Mulund, Bhandup, Kandivali, Borivali and Goregaon

a conference organized by the Union environment ministry on February 12 in the national capital came out with the Tiger Census 2008 and the State of India’s Forests Report 2005. Both came out with dismal figures: a little more than 1,400 tigers are left in the county; and over 725 sq km of forests have vanished between 2002 and 2004.

Under the provisions of the Forest Conservation Act, 1980, if a project requires diversion of forestland for non-forest use, prior approval of the Centre is imperative. For this, one needs to apply to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) through the state forest department. A Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) at MoEF scrutinizes the proposal and based on certain criteria either grants or rejects clearance. The approval depends on the achievements of the state government concerned to guarantee land for compensatory afforestation.

The Cabinet decision last week to bring the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2008, before Parliament is a step that should have been taken at least six years ago.