Globally deforestation continues, albeit at a slower rate, with 10 million hectares a year being converted to other uses since 2015, down from 12 million hectares a year in the previous five years, according to the key findings of a flagship report that is conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) every five

Linear infrastructure development is an important driver of forest fragmentation leading to habitat and biodiversity loss as well as disruption of critical ecosystem processes. The tropical forests of India are increasingly impacted by infrastructure development. Little quantitative information is available on the extent of fragmentation due to linear infrastructure on these habitats.

A 32 page preliminary investigation report into the environmental carrying capacity for polluting projects and allied issues in Tamnar and Gharghoda blocks of Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh made public on Februry 26, 2020 on the National Green Tribunal (NGT) website. The report was in response to the NGT order of July 22, 2019.

Supply Change and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI) teamed up to examine the state of corporate reporting on deforestation linked to palm oil production in Indonesia. Supply Change’s database contains over 870 companies, which are tracked by their involvement in one of the “big four” commodity supply chains.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Adity Daweshwar Vs State of Madhya Pradesh dated 12/02/2020 regarding allegation of illegal cutting of trees at Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Shishir Richhariya, Divisional Secretary, Paschim Madya Railway Karamchari Parishad Vs State of Madhya Pradesh dated 14/01/2020 regarding illegal cutting of trees in the process of installation of Flash Butt Welding (FBW) plant at North Sagar Division, Madhya Pradesh.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Anil Vs State of Madhya Pradesh dated 26/11/2019 regarding illegal cutting of trees and encroachment by a colonizer on the government land and Saraswati river at A.B. Road, village Bijalpur, District Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Ram Avatar Yadav Vs Union of India & Others dated 14/11/2019 regarding non-forest activities on 260 acres of forest land comprising of Aravali plantation and Gair Mumkin Pahad in the village Mandawar, Gurugram District, Haryana without any forest clearance. The area is wildlife corridor. Felling of trees will be illegal and adversely impact air quality.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Sonatan Biswas Vs The District Forest Officer, Allpore & Others dated 06/11/2019 regarding felling of mangrove trees on the two banks of Kanmari Natural Canal, Jharkhali, South 24-Parganas Division, West Bengal.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of In Re Felling of Trees in Aarey Forest (Maharashtra) dated 21/10/2019 regarding felling of trees in Aarey for constructing a car shed for Mumbai metro.

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