Forest Cover Trends in India

Dr.Sibal Dasgupta


Vaishno Devi Pilgrimage Resumes after Fire in Trikuta Hills

Devotees on pilgrimage in the Vaishno Devi Yatra in Jammu & Kashmir were stranded after 25,000 pilgrims had registered for a trek at 3:30 pm on May 23rd, 2018 due to a forest fire in Trikuta Hills. The fire in Trikuta Hills led to the pilgrimage being suspended since the afternoon of May 23rd with 10,000 pilgrims stranded in Katra base camp and 3,000 being shifted to a safer location nearby Himkoti Marg. The shrine board on learning of the fire in Trikuta Hills suspended the Vaishno Devi Yatra...


Himalayan Medicinal Plants and Plant Biodiversity

Indigenous knowledge has great scientific value as it can be instrumental in efforts towards scientific raw data and also conservation. Such is the case of indigenous knowledge of Himalayan medicinal plants, which can be rooted in a culture’s heritage. This can be severely affected by climate change, with most biodiversity occurring up to an altitude of 2,000 m mainly due to rainfall and sunlight. An increase in rainfall and warming due to climate change could greatly affect plant biodiversity...

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Canopy Layers in Abundant Arboreal Forest Habitats

Forests are habitats where trees are usually the main form of vegetation, and can occur in many regions and climates. Forests can occur as tropical rainforests, temperate forests, boreal forests, and so on, and can form vertical layers of vegetation, an example of which is canopy layers, commonly known as forest canopies. Vertical Forest Layers The species composition of a forest is unique to it, and while some forests can have...

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India Biodiversity: Mangrove Ecosystem Services

Mangrove ecosystem - mangroves form dense and often mono-specific strands and are considered "foundation species" that control population and ecosystem dynamics. Currently declining at the rate of 1 per cent per year, mangrove forests are expected to completely disappear within 100 years if nothing is done to remedy it. The Mangrove Ecosystem of India Mangroves are uniquely adapted to tropical and subtropical coasts, and although relatively low in number of species, these forests provide numerous...

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Types of Forests In India and International Forest Day

March 21 is celebrated as the World Forest Day to create awareness about forests and their importance in our lives. Different types of forests in India cover 79.42 million hectare, approximately 24.16 per cent of India’s geographical area.

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Lantana Camara- Devouring the forests of India

Lantana Camara is one such invasive species that since its introduction has become widespread from Southern India forests to Himalaya foothills.Lantana not only spreads fast but does not allow grass, shrubs or any other plant in its vicinity to grow leading to the migration or decline in the number of herbivores ultimately affecting the carnivores at the top of the food chain. In a conversation with GnY, K V Sankaran, Former Director of Kerala Forest Research Institute said, “Lantana Camara...

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Land Use Change: Delhi Ridge

There are many communities living on the fringes of the threatened Delhi Ridge - the city's only lung space. The Delhi Ridge stretches over a distance of 35 km, from Bhatti Mines to southeast of the 700 year old Tughlaqabad, branching in different directions, and finally tapering towards the northern end near Wazirabad on the western banks of Yamuna river. While one side of the locality is home to residential high-rises, large malls, five-star hotels, corporate offices and luxurious farmhouses...


Mangroves-surviving against all odds

Mangroves are critically important wetlands in view of the variety of ecosystem functions they perform. Yet, they are witnessing widespread destruction, much to the peril of coastal communities. A better understanding of their role is of utmost importance for designing future management strategies.

Disaster Events # Forests | VOL. 16, ISSUE 96, May-June 2016

Forest Fires in Uttarakhand

Forest fires in Uttarakhand are a result of warped policies since British times that wrested control of the forests from local communities, who in turn, set forests on fire to extract their revenge. Corrective measures to turn these communities from foes into friends can definitely help protect the unique Himalayan ecosystem.