The Cabinet approved the proposed Meghalaya Forest Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2012 to have clarity on the definition of the areas which would be considered as Forest.

Himachal Pradesh is blessed with extraordinary vegetation and floral assemblages, which can be attributed to the wide altitudinal range coupled with local variations in edaphic and climatic factors. Eight species belonging to 5 genera of bamboo are distributed in the state, occupying an area of 60 sq km. This paper presents a brief account of these bamboos together with a key to their identification in the field.

Trouble is again being caused by the inherent contradictions between the two laws – the Indian Forest Act and the Forest Rights Act (FRA) – that govern India’s forests, their produce and the people

Over 69 sq km of forest land has been diverted for non-forest use during the last 12 years in the State.

How can a right given under one Act be a criminal offence under another, members of a Parliamentary standing committee have asked officials from the Union environment ministry, raising concern abou

Kohima: Nagaland is fast advancing with the New Renewable Energy and introduced a 50 Kilo Watt (KW) of energy capacity Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Power Plant the Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre (NBRC) in Dimapur, which acquired as an answer to the frequent power shortages that hinders the smooth operation of the Centre.

According to official sources here on Friday, MLA and Adviser to Nagaland Bamboo Develop-ment Agency L Temjen Jamir, formally unveiled the 50 KW capacity power plants on Thursday at the NBRC and the 200 Solar Panels installed at the NBRC with a capacity to generate 150-175 units of energy everyday and would be able to provide full-capacity power backup for three hours flat.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today directed the forest authorities to promote bamboo farming in kandi areas of the state.

Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resources and Development Agency (APBRDA) has urged Centre to provide one time grant-in-aid of Rs 15 crore for regeneration and restocking of bamboo plantation in the gregarious bamboo flowering affected areas of the State.

A delegation of APBRDA in a memorandum to Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Tariq Anwar in New Delhi on Saturday pleaded his personal intervention to provide the grant immediately.

The state government has proposed a new social forestry policy to be implemented in non-forest areas to increase green cover.

“In Maharashtra, there is 19 to 20 per cent of forest land. The social forestry department has decided to provide green cover to 80 per cent of the non-forest area and will elicit cooperation from local self-government bodies in this endeavour,” officials in the department said. Water Conservation Minister Nitin Raut, who holds the charge of social forestry, has appointed a study group headed by former Chief Secretary Arun Bongirwar to formulate the policy.

If the alarming rate of elephant deaths in the State has shocked the Odisha Government, it must brace for more.