The Government of India has received credit from the International Development Association (IDA) and a grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) towards the design and implementation of a new project titled the Biodiversity Conservation and Rural Livelihood Improvements Project (BCRLIP). The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), India, is implementing the BCRLIP.

A prolonged dry spell, forest fires and water crisis have turned Uttarakhand hills into mountains of discontent. Team TOI reports on the situation across the state

Agriculture hit by scanty rain

Dehradun: The Uttarakhand Government has sought Central assistance of Rs.200 crore in the wake of drought-like conditions in the State due to scanty rainfall for the past six months, official sources said.

Uttarakhand forests are smouldering, leading to a loss of forest wealth worth crores, besides invaluable damage to flora and fauna. These raging fires have also claimed two human lives. With mercury soaring high, forest fires have engulfed large areas in the Garhwal as well as the Kumaon regions of the state. State government officials have requested the remote sensing agency to provide satellite imagery of the prevailing fires to know the exact damage.

A study conducted in 45 villages in the central Himalayas assesses the current status of van panchayats, an old institution of decentralised forest governance. It finds that locals are indifferent to the administrative jurisdiction of the forest in the course of their resource extraction activities. There is no quantitative evidence that they are exercising restraint while accessing and using locally governed forests. Collective rule violation appears to be common. May 3-9, 2008

the Supreme Court (sc) gave the green light to construct a road through a wildlife sanctuary near Uttarakhand's border with Nepal and China on March 16, 2007. This comes after the Uttarakhand

If soil quarrying is a threat in the terai, mining poses huge hazards in the hills of Kumaon. Soapstone or talc and magnesite quarries have been taking over commons for over two decades, depriving local people of large tracts of the forestland, pasture, watersheds and farming land.

A miraculous mushroom, over exploited, is on the brink of extinction

The people of Jhakni, a small village four kilometres from Pithoragarh in Uttar Pradesh, with 60 families and extensive terrace farming, have decided to style their own fate. "In 1979 we gave more

Seven months of hard work and sheer dedication has made Pithoragarh free from polythene bags