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.)


BHUBANESWAR: Minister for Higher Education Debiprasad Mishra today criticised the Centre for not releasing adequate funds for compensatory afforestation programme despite huge deposit with the Compensatory Afforestation Management Fund and Planning Authority (CAMPA).

There has been increased funding for wildlife conservation efforts in recent years. These funds have largely been spent on "habitat improvement" activities. In the absence of a scientific evaluation of such activities, inappropriate management of landscapes has led to human-wildlife conflicts in certain areas. Moreover, funds are being used for construction of conservation structures, forest roads and planting of exotic tree species without assessing the resulting adverse ecological effects and the gradual degradation in the quality of wildlife habitat.