In the first-ever such consultation with the forest department of Maharashtra on Thursday, tribal and forest rights activists, including those belonging to RSS constituent Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, ha

Order of the National Green Tribunal Vs Union of India & Others dated 28/05/2019 regarding control of forest fires. Report filed by the MoEF&CC states that forest fire hotspots have been identified which are 74 in number based on Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectro-radiometer (MODIS) data. Satellite-based forest fire alerts are sent through sms/e-mails for effective measures.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Birendra Singh Vs Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change & Others dated 07/05/2019 regarding finalising a standard to determine a 'deemed forest" for Uttarakhand.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Birendra Singh Vs Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MOEF) & Others dated 24/04/2019 regarding the criteria and standard to determine what constitutes "deemed forest" for the purpose of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 for Uttarakhand.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of In Re: T. N. Godavarman Thirumulpad Vs Union of India & Others dated 15/04/2019 regarding silviculture felling of trees in the State of Himachal Pradesh.

There was a near complete closure of all businesses in Gudalur on Tuesday, with people staging protests against the proposed amendment to the Tamil Nadu Forest Act of 1882.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Shobha Phadanvis Vs State of Maharashtra & Others dated 18/02/2019 regarding geo digitization of the forest areas in the State of Maharashtra which is off shoot of directions of the Supreme Court in Lafarge Umiam Mining (P) Ltd. vs. Union of India for proper implementation of National Forest Policy, 1988.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests has urged the environment ministry to take stringent steps to curb the illegal felling of trees. No action plans was prepared by the ministry to control illegal cutting of trees.

This report is intended to provide guidance to develop enabling legal frameworks governing community forestry. It offers recommendations and a framework for reflection for all actors engaged in creating, implementing or revising laws on community forestry, and for civil society in particular.

The year laid down the governance blueprint for tackling some major environmental problems. But there was as much news to cheer as to worry about.

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