Participatory management brings forests back

India's heritage of natural habitats and wild species is under growing threat from its biomass-dependent rural peoples and its consumeristic urban economy. As the mainstay of its wildlife conservation effort, then, India's wildlife reserves continue to face a range of extractive uses.

Forest histories have more often than not remained aloof from more broad-based economic histories of agrarian communities. As a result, narratives of the forest economy have focused almost entirely on the process offorest settlement. This article focuses on regional processes of territorialisation associated with revenue and forest settlement in the context of the Kolli Hills.

Indian lac production has hit an all-time low. RICHARD MAHAPATRA seeks remedies

For Nepal s forest users

Root to Canopy: regenerating forests though community-state partnerships provides comprehensive coverage of the changes made in the Indian forestry sector during the last decade with respect to Joint Forest Management. The book covers the evolution of JFM in India, the experience of each state, and emerging issues.

The Ministry of of Environment and Forests had been bringing out forest statistics based on the data received from the States/UTs. Efforts have been made in the Ministry in obtaining and compiling the data from the States/UTs on important parameters relating to forestry and wildlife and bringing it out in the form of a compilation "Forests and wildlife statistics, India 2004".

The community forest user groups of Nepal will now be required to cough up a steep 40 per cent fee on their total income from sale of forest products

Secretive. Exploitative. Is the market in Minor Forest Produce unmanageable? sopan joshi finds out

Environmental history writing is beginning to look beyond colonial forestry