Rajat Guha

Even as a group of ministers is contemplating clubbing of all mining related-approvals in a single licence, the tribal affairs ministry is singing a different tune.

We undertook an economic valuation of mangrove forests in Balochistan province of Pakistan drawing on primary data from a survey of 80 households depending on mangrove forests. It was found that the direct value of mangroves was USD 1,287 per hectare, while the total value for the village was calculated to be USD 4,419,935.

There is a continuing tension between those who espouse growth and those who call for environment protection. The two groups do not talk to each other – they are talking at each other and with every passing day, the gap seems to be widening.

Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government has said that they will soon realise an amount of Rs 241.36 crore as net present value (NPV) against two hydro-electric projects for diversion of forestland for non-forest use.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu said this while responding to a question raised in the Assembly by Congress legislator Tenzing Norbu Thongdok on Saturday.

He said, out of the to

14 mining leases were visited in five forest divisions (Satna, Balaghat, Bhandara, Kolhapur and Vadodara) spread across three states namely Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The study included various minerals like Limestone, Bauxite, Ochre, Manganese, Fluorspar and Kyanite. (Out of 14 mining leases 3 were for underground mining and 11 were for opencast mining.)


In India the mining operations have degraded significant area of land and have replaced the ecosystem of the mined out areas with the undesirable waste materials in form of overburden dumps. The process of coal extraction drastically alters the physical and biological nature of the mined out areas, so the land

Bishnu Dash / Kolkata/ Bhubaneswar May 20, 2010, 0:13 IST

The Orissa government is likely to collect Rs 2400 crore from the deposits made towards the Net Present Value (NPV) of trees in the forest land diverted for mining and industrial use.

Although China extended the length of compensation for the Upland Conversion Program (UCP), the sustainability of the program after government compensation expires is still a pending problem. This article proposes an alternative scheme of compensation payment based on the carbon sink of the UCP.

The ambiguity around the definition of the term

Normal Central Assistance and Additional Central Assistance (ACA) are devolved by the Planning Commission to assist the State Governments in specific areas. The present paper details an incentive mechanism for preventing deforestation and promoting conservation of forest ecosystems.