Indigenous populations of the Amazon own 210 million hectares of land and have proven to be highly skilled in the field of forest conservation: the deforestation rate is 0.8%, i.e., even less than that of protected areas (1.1%) and obviously significantly lower than that of the Amazon as a whole.However, under the rules of the game as set forth

Order of the High Court of Manipur in the matter of The Manipur Valley Village Reserve Forest Rights Protection Association Vs State of Manipur & Others dated 03/06/2020.

The petitioner had filed a PIL on the issue of forests and reserved forests of Manipur, which were being denuded and illegally encroached for various activities. The order noted that the "destruction of forests and invasion/intrusion of human beings in the forest domain displacing forest species appears to be a major factor for the series of diseases like the present COVID-19."

Forest Survey of India, Dehradun, an organization under the Ministry carries out the assessment of forest and tree cover (FTC) of the country biennially and the findings are published in India State of Forest Report (ISFR). The total FTC of the country, as per the ISFR 2019 is 8,07,276 km2 which is 24.56% of the total geographical area of the country. This is an increase of 5,188 km2 (forest cover 3,976 km2 and tree cover 1,212 km2) as compared to that of FTC in ISFR-2017 and 13,209 km2 (forest cover 10,754 km2, tree cover 2,455 km2) as compared to FTC in ISFR, 2015.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Rajesh Kumar Vs State of Himachal Pradesh & Others dated 18/11/2019 regarding destruction of Khasra No. 494 which is a forest land in Mandi.

This working paper is a contribution to the FOLU 2019 report, Growing Better: Ten Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use. The paper answers four questions: Why are forests critical to economic development and human well-being? What public sector measures could conserve and restore forests?

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Uday Education & Welfare Trust Vs State of Uttar Pradesh & Others dated 01/10/2019 regarding grant of provisional licences for establishment of new wood based industries in Uttar Pradesh. It is stated that online recommendations are being considered for new licenses for wood based industries and order dated 11.09.2019 has been issued by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), Lucknow for the purpose.

Forest and land degradation undermines the foundation of human prosperity and well-being.

How can agricultural production increase to meet the rapidly growing food demand in sub-Saharan Africa without reducing its precious forest areas? This is one of the greatest challenges in achieving sustainable land use and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Afforestation in lieu of diverted forest land, 08/07/2019. The Government of India has diverted a total of 47469.49 hectares of forest land and a total of 62769.58 hectares area has been stipulated for compensatory afforestation (CA)in lieu of the said diversion, during the last three years i.e. 2015-2018.

Ramesh, who had the independent charge of the ministry between 2009 and 2011, said the “Environment Minister must stand up and say that climate change is more important than Ease of Doing Business”

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