Forests

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. https://www.geographyandyou.com/climate-change/forests/forest-day/ 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

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 ecosystem services...

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International Forest Day and Types of Forests In India

March 21 is celebrated as the World Forest Day to create awareness about forests and their importance in our lives. The theme this year is ‘Forests and Energy'.

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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...

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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.

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.