Arun Kumar Badoni has taken upon himself the task of conserving medicinal and aromatic plants in the Garhwal Himalaya

Although the Chipko movement is practically non-existent in its region of origin it remains one of the most frequently deployed examples of an environmental and/or a women's movement in the South. A small but growing number of commentators are now critiquing much neopopulist theorising on Chipko, and this paper provides an overview of these critiques. It then takes the debate further with reference to a more recent regional movement in the hills.

HERBAL DRUGS: Phytopharm, the UK biotechnology group which specialises in traditional herbal remedies has been granted permission by the US Food and Drug Administration to start clinical trials of

Read this chapter from the report "floods, flood plains and environmental myths" published by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), that broke many myths about floods in the Himalaya.

Many questions about the theories and practices of the Indian forestry establishment have blazed forth in the wake of the fires that spread throughout the forests of Garhwal and Kumaon last month.

A Russian Uzbek offer to finance the Tehri dam has sparked fresh debate over the building of the massive structure in what many contend is an earthquake prone area.

The fragile ecology of the Garhwal Himalaya witnessed another season of cloudbursts, landslides and flash floods made worse by the 1991 earthquake in the Bhagirathi valley. Down To Earth compiled a firsthand report of life in the unstable Himalayan ran

Unplanned development, deviation from traditional irrigation practices and deforestation all enhance the risk of landslides.

Timely action by the authorities could have prevented the September flash flood that practically destroyed this village.

Many springs changed colour and flow after the earthquake. The Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology says a large number of springs became completely dry, but some began to discharge murky water with