The paper describes the effect of rains on vegetal cover, different traditional practices and soil properties in the dry and monsoon period. Seven landuse systems i.e. open pine forests, tea plantation, rainfed agriculture, degraded land, grassland, recently restored site and a bare land were identified in the Bhetagad watershed of the Central Himalaya.

There is recent evidence to suggest that domestic livestock deplete the density and diversity of wild herbivores in the cold deserts of the Trans-Himalaya by imposing resource limitations.

Gujjars, a pastoralist community, prefer wilderness for their habitats. In Rajasthan, one tract of Gujjars habitats is mainly scattered around Sariska, a world fame Tiger Reserve, nowadays very much in news because of the tigers vanishing from it. The Sariska is spread over 866 square km areas.

The policy discourse on management of protected areas (PAs) has come a long way from purely conservationist strategies to participatory approaches. In between these two there is a wide range of options that combine different elements of resource sharing, market regulation and privatization.

Stand off ends between forest officials and villagers in Ranthambhore, but roots of the conflict remain

Proposed change in land law may cause inter village disputes

local community members will have the first claim over the forest produce, says the blueprint of Madhya Pradesh's new forest policy. Only after these

Over grazing is leading to the degradation of pasture lands

The government views goats as the greatest enemy of the environment

Knowledge without power, and power bereft of knowledge. This, in sum, is the story of mismanagement of wildlife and protected forests in India. Wildlife researchers say the forest bureaucracy is untouched by scientific understanding. Wildlife officials ar