The massive diversion of around 10,000 acres of Amrithmahal Kavals in Challakere Taluk in Chitradurga District for a variety of industrial, defence, institutional and infrastructure developments by the Deputy Commissioner of Chitradurga since 2009 has caused widespread concern.

Since the time of our forefathers, our cattle have been grazing in these grasslands.

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court on Thursday issued notices to the Centre, the state government, the Adani Group-owned Adani Port Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) and Shiracha village panchayat over

More than 300 people from tribal communities, including women, who are living in the foothills of Kolli Hills staged a demonstration on the premises of the Forest Range Office in Rasipuram on Thurs

Ahmedabad: Gujarat foresters are dealing with a new threat to the Gir wildlife sanctuary. Scarcity of fodder on the periphery of the sanctuary is forcing politicians to pressure the forest department to permit Maldharis to bring their cattle inside the sanctuary for grazing.

Forest officials said that MLAs from the ruling party were trying to ensure that the Maldhari community around the sanctuary was allowed into Gir, Girnar, and Mitiyala sanctuaries. Sources said the pressure was constant.

Agitation for cultivators’ right to land ownership yet to reach logical end

The death of Bagair Hukum cultivator Thimmaraju at Mekerahalli in Sira taluk of the district on Wednesday has rekindled the agitation in the Bagair Hukum farmers (those cultivating land sans legal ownership). Thimmaraju had consumed poison along with three other farmers who are demanding that they be given title deeds of the land they have been cultivating for over two decades now.

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat high court suggested that the state government review its policy regarding gauchar land and its allocation, and asks it to evolve a “workable and practicable” policy.

The court said so with observation that it should revisit all resolutions passed time to time particularly if the government cannot adhere to its own policy. This suggestion came from the bench of Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala, which dismissed a PIL filed by villagers from Banaskantha district.

This report contains information on a rapid field assessment of Boran pastoralists of southern Ethiopia to: (1) gauge local communities’ perceptions of the need for local climate change adaptation strategies and their degree of satisfaction with existing interventions; (2) identify emerging climate risk adaptation strategies; and (3) evaluate

This article is based on a visit to Mundra taluka of Kutch district, Gujarat in January 2011 to understand first hand the plunder of common property resources. It focuses on the Mundra Port and special economic zone developed by the Adani Group and a thermal power plant of OPG Power and their impact on different sections of the local community.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Project has released a guidebook titled “Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation: Agriculture Sector.” The guidebook describes crop and livestock management technologies and practices that contribute to climate change mitigation while improving crop productivity and reducin