English Free Article # Forests | VOL. 16, ISSUE 96, May-June 2016

Forest and tree cover

The Central Government with an objective to regulate the use of forest land for non-forest purposes enacted the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. As per the Act the use of forest land for non-forestry purposes requires prior permission of the Central Government. The 1980 Act has helped in protecting forest area and tree cover through the years. According to India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2015, the total forest and tree cover in the country is 7,94,245 sq km constituting 24.16 per cent of the total...

Forests | VOL. 14, ISSUE 85, July-August 2014

Parambikulam: Forest Dwellers in Charge

The Kerala Forest Department, through its unique model of community engagement, has involved the forest dwellers in the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve area to safeguard the forest, and provide a livelihood opportunity. The benefit—greater vigilance amounting to no poaching cases ever since the approach began in 2006.

English Free Article # Forests # Travel | VOL. 12, ISSUE 72, May-June 2012

Pristine Debrigarh

The mesmerising environs of the Sanctuary is a paradise for nature lovers. Abounding in grasslands and water bodies Debrigarh is a little known destination with astounding birding possibilities.

Forests | VOL. 12, ISSUE 71, March-April 2012

Urban Trees for Combating Climate Change

The urban environment of modern India has undergone dramatic changes predominated by concrete structures, congested commercial spaces and incessant traffic. The degeneration of living environment in urban areas has severely disrupted the balance of urban climate as tree cover is eliminated to make way for ‘development’.

Forests | VOL. 12, ISSUE 71, March-April 2012

Distribution of Indian Medicinal Plants: Northwest and West Himalaya

The region is estimated to have approximately 1,700 known medicinal plant species. Some of the sought after species of these regions are Aconitum heterophyllum Wall. Ex Royle, Ferula jaeschkeana Vatke and Saussurea costus (Balc.) Lipsd. S. costus is in fact confined to only the Himalayan region of Jammu and Kashmir. These critically endangered wild varieties are enlisted in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of flora and fauna (CITES).   Trans Himalaya The section...

Forests | VOL. 11, ISSUE 68, September-October 2011

Keoladeo Ghana National Park

The lifeline of the UNESCO heritage site was choked off when the Panchana Dam was built on the Gambhir River. Now there is a move to reserve a share of water from the very same Dam for the Park and rejuvenate the millions that depend on it for their lives and livelihood.

Forests # Magazine Articles | VOL. 11, ISSUE 68, September-October 2011

Forests in India: Statistics speaks

A statistical assessment of the state of India’s forests after the implementation of Forest Conservation Act, 1980 is attempted in the paper. The increasing green cover and decreasing trend in diversion of forest area after 2001 seem to be positive signs.

Forests | VOL. 11, ISSUE 66, May-June 2011

Forests of the Northeast

Over exploitation, habitat loss and fragmentation threaten the biodiversity in the northeast region of India. Serious efforts have to be made by the government as well as the people to protect and conserve the vestiges of virgin forests that still remain in the most forested zone of the country.

Forests | VOL. 11, ISSUE 66, May-June 2011

Climate change and forests | Vegetation modelling

An assessment of the impact of climate change on forest ecosystems in India has been attempted in this paper, based on climate projections of the Regional Climate Model of the Hadley Centre and the dynamic global vegetation model IBIS for A2 and B2 scenarios. A forest vulnerability index for India has also been worked out based on the dynamic global vegetation modelling and observed datasets of forest density, forest biodiversity as well as model predicted vegetation type shift estimates for forested grids.

Forests # Magazine Articles | VOL. 11, ISSUE 66, May-June 2011

Changing Forest Carbon

Under elevated CO2 conditions a possibility of decomposition occurring more than net primary production, leading to a loss of carbon, is predicted in some forest regions. A micro level study undertaken in the small mountain range of Kolli, located in the Namakkal District of Tamil Nadu, points towards an enhanced need to measure carbon stock deterioration amidst the struggle to fend off anthropogenic disturbances.