Plains on the east coast of India can be wealthy only if the Eastern Ghats remain healthy and it is the responsibility of the public to conserve the ecological niche provided by these mountains, op

The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, (Forest Rights Act or just FRA hereafter), enacted by the Indian Parliament in 2006, did
not emerge from unproblematic and consensual deliberations. Rather the struggle to pass the act, and to keep the key elements intact, was fraught with intense contestation. Central

The Forest Conservation Project is researching forest certification as an instrument to assist communities to manage forests for multiple purposes, including timber production. This research has focused on innovative models that could suggest ways of increasing the accessibility of forest certification to community-based forest management.

Water tanks have been in existence for centuries now. As many as 1.5 million exist to date. Communities took an active interest in their management and trees were grown along its bank. The tanks were

Even uith the United Nations General Assembly Special Session to held in New Yorkjust two weeksfirom now, the Union minister for environment and forest, SAIFUDDiN SOZ, tells SUPRIYA AKERKAR that the government is neitherfor a glqbalforest convention no

The key interests of both proponents and opponents of the forest convention is control of the timber market. The convention is driven by commercial interests

The South"s determined efforts to scuttle the forest convention that the North was adamant on pushing through was a major triumph. A blow-by-blow account of the crucial, often tricky, negotiation

Controversy dogged the issue of a forest convention at the meeting of the Commission for Sustainable Development

• THIS IS how the paragraph in Agenda 21 text came to Rio: "To facilitate and support the effective implementation of the non-legally binding authoritative statement of principles for a