Fencing off biodiversity hot spots cannot protect species

private sector participation in forestry projects will only be allowed in degraded and denuded forest lands. The recently approved Approach Paper to the Ninth Five Year Plan (1997-2002) says that the concept of privatisation of forest areas was not conducive in the Indian context and would therefore, not be encouraged in forest resource management.

One of the last environmental actions of recently assassinated Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa was to block a private company's attempts to initiate mechanised gem mining in the Kalu

A private firm, Eastern ANning Ud, is scheduled to boon large scale operations in a sao" already ravaged by several small mining ventures. But skft officials seem blissfully ignorant of the threat.

Helped by state government concessions, Tamil Nadu is all set to expand its wind forms and become the country's premier wind energy centre.

WITH more and more local bodies showing a red bottomline, some of the core urban services may soon be up for grabs, if entrepreneurs are willing to take them on. The sectors under debate

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