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Thousands benefit from pistachio farms in Afghanistan
Jan 29, 2010 Afghanistan Conservation Corps is not only playing a pivotal role in preservation of the country’s biodiversity but also trying to improve rural livelihoods and building capacity to manage forests and other vital resources. Restoration of pistachio forests has provided jobs to thousands of people.
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Nepal leads in community forestry
Feb 04, 2010 The revised Forest act of 1993 and Forest Regulations act of 1995 have brought 1.1 million hectares of land under community forestry. These efforts while meeting the livelihood needs of locals have led to dense forests and significant reduction in carbon emissions.
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Green crusaders from eastern India
Mar 10, 2010 In an exemplary effort, the conservation of Subankhata Reserve Forest in Assam has been successfully taken up by the former Bodo militants, who were mostly responsible for destruction of the forest and wildlife during the decade of militancy. Involvement of key stakeholders has brought success to the initiative.
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India on a Green Mission
Apr 15, 2010 India’s environment ministry is set to frame the blueprint for Green India Mission to increase forest cover, after holding extensive public consultations in five different parts of the country. The consultations will be organised by Centre for Environment and Education in order to make the programme inclusive and participatory.
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Bangladesh: Forests make way for commercial orchards
May 17, 2010 In Bangladesh, about 250 acres of Sal forest has been cleared making way for commercial fruit orchards. Government officials and locals appear helpless as plunderers with political links destroy the last patch of Sal forests in Madhupur.
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Mission to prepare India better for climate change
May 26, 2010 The ambitious Green India Mission which would have its first draft finalised after undertaking public consultations, emphasises a holistic approach to greening. It aims to double the afforestation area which would act as carbon sink and hence help India to combat climate change better.
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Humans, a threat to Indian mangrove forests
Jun 02, 2010 In Orissa, heavy human intervention in Mangrove habitats has resulted in fast depletion of mangrove forest cover. Forest officials have cautioned that their loss can adversely affect marine and terrestrial biodiversity as they provide natural shelter to thousands of species and reduce soil erosion.
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India's tribal village first to get rights over its forests
Dec 24, 2009 A tribal village in western India has been granted the right to cultivate and manage its forest, as per the provisions of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest-Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006. For over a decade the villagers have fought against the commercialisation of their land.
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Mindless afforestation in Bangladesh
Dec 24, 2009 Hill area of Madhabchhara, spread over 70 acres, in Bangladesh is being brought under social afforestation programme by removing native eco-friendly trees from the natural forest. Forest department has leased out the land where beneficiaries have planted different alien species of trees like acacia, mahogany and epil-epil.
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Behind the forest cover
Feb 09, 2012 In its latest report, the Indian government has attributed the declining forest cover in India to forest clearance by Maoist guerrillas. The statistics, however, say the contrary.
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Is Polavaram the next POSCO?
May 06, 2011 The Polavaram dam on the Godavari in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh could displace 400,000 people and submerge vast forestland. Richard Mahapatra from Down to Earth investigates the massive violation of rights and regulations by the state government on the ground.
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Green capital for growth
May 24, 2011 Environmentalist Sunita Narain explores the paradox in our love for tigers but loathing for their natural habitat - the forestland which is often seen as a trade-off with development. The big challenge lies in sustainable use of forests to build green wealth, she argues.
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India State of Forest Report 2011
Feb 08, 2012 The Forest Survey of India (FSI) released forest report 2011, a series of biennial assessment report, for the appraisal of country’s forest cover. The report shows that there has been a decline in the country's forest cover by 367 square km as per 2009.
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No green clearnace without people's consent, demand Indian NGOs
Feb 24, 2012 Two-day Anil Agarwal Dialogue on Green Clearances, organised by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) kicks off in Delhi today with 150 participants from NGOs across the country to discuss the status and future of environmental and forest clearance processes in India.
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India: Assam deluge claims 595 lives of wild animals in Kaziranga
Jul 12, 2012 Floods are critical for the survival of bio-diverse Kaziranga’s unique ecosystem. Equally, they are a killer. A recent report recommends a road map for resolving this world heritage site’s existential paradox.
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Half of global rabies deaths occur in India: PHFI
Jul 31, 2012 Zoonotic infections or zoonoses which are naturally transmissible diseases between animals and humans constitute nearly 60 per cent of all known human infections and over 75 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases.
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Going back to roots, the sustainable way
Apr 30, 2012 Dwellers of Kondh tribe, have rediscovered the key to sustainable farming in rain-dependent hinterland of eastern Odisha state – mixed cropping.
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Saving world's green cover
Jul 24, 2009 Economic meltdown and climate change have raised the profile of forest management on the global agenda, notes FAO’s State of the World's Forests 2009. Highlighting the opportunities stemming from the current crisis, the report calls for increased investment in green development.
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India: 'The biggest land grab after Columbus'
Nov 16, 2009 A recently released ministry of rural development report in India blames the government and companies like Tata and Essar for a corporate takeover in the hinterland of Chhattisgarh. It claims that it is the ‘the biggest grab of tribal lands after Columbus.’
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Local communities in Nepal to manage forests
Nov 19, 2009 Nepal's rural poor will get to manage hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest land with financial assistance from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). This will not only help tackle the rapid deforestation but will also generate income for the poor.
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Land pressures 'turning a quarter of India into desert'
Nov 27, 2009 Nearly one-fourth of India's land mass is fast turning into a desert. Deforestation and overgrazing are among the main factors spurring the process, reveals a new study by the Space Applications Centre and the Current Science journal.
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The poverty jig-saw has a forest angle
Feb 01, 2012 A side event of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) 2012 reiterated the vital role of forest management systems in any solution to poverty alleviation.
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India to use ICTs to save forest
Feb 09, 2010 The Ministry of Environment and Forests is planning extensive use of ICT for setting up national forestry knowledge forum, national forestry information network, fire monitoring and detection and forest genetics resource network. Five initiatives have been introduced recently to give a new thrust to forest and environment.
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J&K mulls ICT initiatives to save forests
Mar 28, 2011 The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is gearing up to employ ICT tools to monitor and manage its forests more effectively. The initiative is expected to accelerate the pace of implementation of the forest policy adopted recently by the forest department.
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Bringing trees under their protective fold
Dec 11, 2008 In eastern India, tribals have taken recourse to tradition to encourage forest conservation. Starting from November 15, the foundation day of the Jharkhand state, until New Year, they will perform the ritual of taru bandhan, or tie sacred threads around tree trunks.
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Vanishing green cover of Mumbai
Jun 15, 2009 Increasing infrastructural development in the commercial capital of India has taken a toll on the forest cover, shrinking it to a negligible size. Officials claim that encroachment of sanctuaries, depletion of the buffer zone and illegal settlements in and around the unprotected forests have affected these natural habitats.
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Restoring ecosystem for sustainable development
Jun 04, 2010 Dead planet, living planet: Biodiversity and ecosystem restoration for sustainable development identifies thousands of ecosystem restoration projects worldwide and showcases over 30 initiatives that are transforming the lives of communities and countries across the globe.
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Nepal issues a ban on logging
Jun 18, 2010 Increasing deforestation has forced the Nepalese government to issue a two-month ban on all logging until a policy is formulated that will regulate the number of trees being cut. Low prices of community forest timber, accessibility and threat from squatters have emerged as challenges to the forests.
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No banana plantation on forest land
Jul 13, 2010 Sri Lankan conservationists have staunchly protested the Cabinet’s approval to an agricultural firm to convert part of the Chundankadu forest reserve and adjoining land into a proposed banana plantation. Indicating it as an eco-system conservation area, they claim the plantation would threaten local biodiversity.
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Burmese tiger reserve razed for mono-crop development
Aug 27, 2010 The Hukuang Valley Tiger Reserve in northern Burma, largest in the world, is being grazed down for cash crops plantations. Construction is in full swing at a factory within the protected area which has rendered tigers as well as tribals residing in the reserve homeless.
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