ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Surviving the Forest Rights Act: Between Scylla and Charybdis

This article presents the many arguments in favour of and against the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, and the obstacles in implementation. Some of the various problems that arise due to the peculiar circumstances pertaining to tribal India, and the administrative machinery in place to guide the special policies concerning forest conservation and tribal people are also elaborated upon. The article brings out a number of field-level issues that deal with traditional conservation in tribal India as well as the limitations and pitfalls in entrusting the execution of the act to the gram sabha.

Meghalaya: Impact of Ban on Timber Felling

Though the apex court's ban on timber felling was welcomed by conservationists, its ecological and social impact is only now coming to light. To alleviate many of its unforeseen consequences, it is imperative for several measures to be implemented in tandem - a comprehensive forest survey, involvement of the local community and a much-needed simplification of the legal process.
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