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Green India Mission

Sumana Datta’s special article “Continuing the Forest Conservation Debate” (EPW, 23 January 2016) on the Green India Mission (GIM) is a commendable attempt at summarising a complex and wide-ranging document lucidly. Having been closely associated with drawing up the Mission document at the Ministry...

High-Level Committee on Environmental Regulations

T he article by Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli (“Executive’s Environmental Dilemmas: Unpacking a Committee’s Report”, EPW, 13 December 2014) on the High-Level Committee (HLC) on environmental regulations was instructive, conveying the gist of their recommendations to the general public. The...

Responsible Activism Needed

One can understand and share Ashish Kothari's palpable angst in "A Hundred Days Closer to Ecological and Social Suicide" (EPW, 27 September 2014). First, a question of pragmatics: this government is here to stay with a massive majority for fi ve or even 10 years. The conservation agenda has to be...

What Should the Congress Do?

The piece by Pushparaj V Deshpande on “Recreating the Congress Movement” ( EPW , 9 August 2014) made for interesting reading. The author seems to be suggesting that the Congress Party reconnect with the people through spiritual and constructive activity, much like the Hindu organisations but...

Failure of Success

The article by Aranyak Saikia entitled “A Look at the Economics behind BJP’s Victory” (EPW, 19 July 2014) made for very instructive reading. However, the reasons ascribed to the Congress Party’s collapse referred only to economics, with a nod to the “possible role of communal politics and religious...

Western Ghats Conservation

While no one can disagree with the Gadgil Committee on the Western Ghats that we need to "develop sustainably - conserve thoughtfully", we must disagree with them that the strategy adopted so far has been to "conserve thoughtlessly", at least as far as the forests and wildlife are concerned. We need not fear that the Western Ghats will vanish if the expert panel recommendations are not accepted in toto: the forest area is still in safe hands, and the people's organisations (the village forest committees) are fully aware of the importance of conservation to their own survival and for serving global interests. The government has to set up workable arrangements that have the acquiescence of the population at large, so they need not feel rattled by the hard stance adopted by the environmentalists in public.

Climate Change, Forest Carbon Sequestration and REDD-Plus

The Conference of Parties-19 held in Norway in November 2013 ended with an announcement of a sum of around $280 million pledged by certain developed countries for a “results-based” payment system to take forward the programme of Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. This article examines what this means for climate change mitigation in the forest context, and what it probably means to India, specifically.

Climate Change, Uttarakhand, and the World Bank's Message

The devastation in Uttarakhand in June 2013 showed that some of the effects of climate change are already upon us. It ought to serve as a wake-up call to desist from a development model that upsets fragile ecosystems on a large scale and impoverishes people who are already highly vulnerable to a wide range of social and economic problems. This article points out that we need to heed the consequences of climate change projected in a new report by the World Bank and think of viable ways to tackle the challenge ahead.

Village Communities and Their Common Property Forests

This is a study of three villages in the Aravalli Hills of south Haryana, which have full title over the common lands and forests and have taken three radically different alternatives. One community, Mangar, is on the verge of losing the battle to the allure of real estate. The second village, Zir, is still confi dently preserving the forest as its common property, and the third, Bhondsi, appears to be divided in interests and has decided to let the forest department do the protection for the immediate future. What do these three different trajectories tell us about conserving our forests?
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