The functions which the state governments devolved to the gram panchayats according to the 73rd constitutional amendment comprise important activities for the development of villages. One of the most important argument for decentralization-the government is more attentive and responsive to local peoples' needs-is of great importance for the development of villages, as it is the residents who are most affected by the local development measures taken.

This response to the comment “Protecting India’s Protected Areas” by Praveen Bhargav and Shekar Dattatri (23 April 2011) points out the authors’ misreading of the Forest Rights Act and also of the report of the Joint Committee on the FRA.

CITES parties and national biodiversity strategies and action plans under the Convention on Biological Diversity – A Draft Guide.

A report on Asian Development Bank financed hydropower projects in Himachal Pradesh.

This document analyses and highlights the views and suggestions included in reports arising out of the Planning Commissions consultations with diverse stakeholders and also seeks to bring forth similarities and differences on key issues by comparing and contrasting the suggestions of ten core forums that submitted their views to the Planning Commission.

The evidence of the Views from the Frontline 2011 study is that there is a growing gap between the UN’s ‘Hyogo Framework for Action’ and its implementation at the frontline where disasters impact. The framework aims to ‘build the resilience of nations and communities to disasters’.

This paper highlights the role of community prevention in improving overall health and in supporting health equity. By addressing the underlying causes of illness and injury, community prevention efforts can prevent illness and injury before they occur. The paper presents three frameworks that support quality community prevention efforts.

Two villages in Uttar Pradesh have reversed the trend of migration by digging six kilometres of channels to bring water to drought-hit farms.

Forests provide multiple benefits to the society, which are both direct and indirect. A study was conducted in Dehradun and Tehri districts to quantify and assess the economic value of various provisioning services which local people derive from the forest to meet their day to day requirement.

The study was conducted in Betalghat block in Nainital district to find out the factors influencing the motivation of villagers for participating in agroforestry. Findings revealed that household size, annual income, level of forest dependency, level of contact with technical person, level of awareness about forestry activities and level of participation in extension education courses were positively and significantly correlated with level of motivation of villager's participation in agro forestry.