Jamshedpur, April 10: Foresters in Saranda will soon launch an afforestation project that was sidelined for a year in view of threats from rebels and their sporadic clashes with security personnel.

The project under the Compensatory Afforestation Management Plan Authority (Campa) of the Centre had been shelved, although it was supposed to start at the beginning of the last fiscal (2010-11).

Goa Forest Department has begun an extensive exercise to fence the boundaries of two major wildlife sanctuaries to avoid the infiltration of wild animals into nearby localities.
Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) D N F Carvalho said that the five- kilometer-long rubble wall and cattle proof trench is being constructed in Cotigao and Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife sanctuaries in different patches.

Mooting a proposal to shift from the old concept of micro-level implementation of catchment area treatment (CAT) plans of hydro power projects, the state government is likely to approach the Centre to seek more liberty in spending of the huge funds received under such plans.

THE Union Environment Ministry has directed Orissa to submit annual plan of operationssothatRs140crorefromCompensatory Afforestation Fund due to the state could be released.


New Delhi: Delhi will be gaining infrastructure and better transport facilities thanks to the Commonwealth Games but that is coming at a cost. The city lost about 40,000 trees to Metro construction, flyovers and other Games-related projects in the past few years.

14 mining leases were visited in five forest divisions (Satna, Balaghat, Bhandara, Kolhapur and Vadodara) spread across three states namely Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The study included various minerals like Limestone, Bauxite, Ochre, Manganese, Fluorspar and Kyanite. (Out of 14 mining leases 3 were for underground mining and 11 were for opencast mining.)


Rs 11,000 crore to go to states for afforestation THE Supreme Court has ordered that Rs 11,000 crore, collected for diversion of forestland for non-forest uses, be released to state governments. States in India have long fought the Centre to recover the money they gave to the compensatory afforestation fund. Collected over seven years, the money has been lying idle because the states

To state-level CAMPA committees The Central ad-hoc CAMPA will disburse the money The governing committee of the state CAMPA will take policy decisions on what the money should be used for The steering committee (state) will clear the state

Apex court steps in, asks states for afforestation plans THE bill that proposed centralized management of funds, collected in lieu of permission to divert forestland to non-forest uses, was defeated in the Rajya Sabha on February 25. Members of the house objected to the bill saying centralized forest fund management goes against the federal system in India. It takes away financial