NAINITAL: With the onset of summer, and the threat of forest fires looming large, the state government has allocated Rs 1.5 crore to 3700 van panchayats (bodies of villagers residing near forests)

To provide Rs 807 crore to address forest degradation

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna announced that 50 per cent seats of Van Panchayat Sarpanch will be reserved for women in addition to which, all Van Panchayat members will be insured by th

Uttarakhand is the only State in India with more than 12,000 Van Panchayats and nearly one lakh members.

The project is being implemented in three Indian States, Uttarakhand,
Arunachal Pradesh and Chhatisgarh. This brochure contains project profile of Uttarakhand. The project aims to mainstream the long-term conservation, sustainable and equitable use of medicinal plant diversity into forest management policy and practice at the national, state and local level.

The residents of Nail and Bhatoli villages have submitted a memorandum to the Sub-district Magistrate (SDM) in which they alleged that fake signatures were used to facilitate the creation of Van Panchayat in the village.

The villagers opposed the formation of the Van Panchayat based on fake signatures.

Around 500 trees of different species were destroyed after anti-social elements allegedly set a fire in the Maladidhar Van Panchayat area near Mandalsera village here. The villagers along with others worked together to control the fire and succeeding in it after four hours of toiling.

Haldwani: As many as 12,000 van panchyats which share over 10 per cent of the State

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 comparative study was conducted on plant diversity in Panchayat forests and their adjoining reserve forests of three districts, viz, Pauri, Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts of Garhwal Himalaya since April 2003 to December 2004. Total 15 sites were studied.