With a forest cover 47.3 per cent of its total geographical area — more than double the national average of 21 per cent — Sikkim is India’s greenest State, official data shows.

Aizawl: People in Mizoram to be affected by the controversial Tipaimukh Dam have written to the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) to desist from giving forest clearance as the committee is scheduled

A beedi that does not cause cancer and quick-bites that reduce the ill-effects of alcohol sound like the perfect party combo.

Saplings of different plants, including the 45 lakh of medicinal variety, will be planted on 17,500 hectares in the state during the current financial year.

This was stated today by Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri while addressing a public meeting at Dhaulatpur, near here, after he inaugurated the 64th circle-level Forest Maha Utsav by planting a medicinal plant "harad".

Mumbai: Alleged malpractice in the shortlisting of a contract to be awarded for the city tree census has come to the fore with the Tree Authority members claiming that garden department officials h

The Centre for Earth Science Studies (CESS) has proposed setting up a greenhouse gas observatory at Munnar as part of developing an integrated climate change database and information system in the State.

The initiative is part of the estimate Rs. 80-crore scientific study to map the impact of climate change on agriculture, fisheries, industries, transport, tourism, bio-diversity and forestry sectors.

The forest department's move to clear bushes for the purpose of afforestation has disappointed Kankonjangalbachaosamiti (KJBS), as it feared destruction of biodiversity in forest areas and fuel for

Keonjhar: After Similipal sanctuary in Mayurbhanj district, poachers now seem to be making inroads into the Hadagarh sanctuary. The fact came to light after wildlife division forest officials seized the carcass of three elephants, allegedly killed by tusk smugglers from Hadagarh wildlife sanctuary near Chakratirtha biodiversity area.

The forest department seized the carcass after interrogating five persons for their alleged involvement in the smuggling of tuskers. The department has seized about 12 kg tusks worth about Rs nine lakh from a house in Purunia village under Hadagarh forest range area on April 22.

With an aim to identify and preserve the medicinal plants in the State, the Society for Promotion of Indigenous Knowledge and Practice (SPIKAP) is in the process of documentation and mapping of local health traditions in Meghalaya.

“The process also includes prioritisation, identification and mapping of medicinal plants used in the traditional medicine systems of the Khasi, Jaintia and Garo tribes of the State”, SPIKAP Chairman John F Kharshiing said on Thursday.

Syzygium travncoricum, a tree endemic to Kerala, is no longer ‘critically endangered’ as classified on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Field studies conducted by the Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) in the wake of the IUCN classification suggest that the tree can now move to the ‘endangered’ list.

Known locally as kulavetti or vadhamkolli, the tree entered the IUCN’s ‘critically endangered’ list on the basis of a Conservation Assessment Management Plan (CAMP) workshop conducted under the Biodiversity Conservation Prioritisation Project India in 1998. The IUCN had then suggested periodic updating of the classification based on information provided by authoritative agencies.