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

Articles By Smriti Das

The Strange Valuation of Forests in India

The ambiguity around the definition of the term "forest" has facilitated easy transition of the boundaries and uses of forests to non-forest categories. Despite the recommendations of a 2005 government committee that was asked to address precisely these questions, an uncertainty characterises practice on valuation of forests as well as the legal and institutional framework for forest governance. These ambiguities give precedence to the interests of the industries over the collective interest of communities and environment.