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

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Regenerating Forests in India

On the basis of an independent study, measures are suggested to check the rapid degradation of forests and develop quality forests based on scientific lines. Recommendations have been made to extend the benefits of the revival of forests to the tribals by the generation of livelihood options, and to facilitate the formulation of a comprehensive forest law that could interweave the interests of the tribal communities with the maintenance of ecological balance.

The authors are thankful to the anonymous referee for comments on the earlier draft.

There is a rapid denudation and degradation of the green cover in India. Concerns have been exp­ressed over the environmental pollution, massive encroachment and deforestation of catchment areas, and rampant mining activities that cause soil erosion and lead to ecological imba­lance. The blame for the grim situation of the forests keeps shifting between the forest managers and the forest dwelling communities. The authors, on the basis of their study of the changing character of forests and the impacts on tribal livelihoods in Gujarat, have proposed certain changes in the policies that could help in addressing this persistent discord.

The study area had certain distinct geographical and topographical characteristics. It extended from the hilly tracts of north Gujarat to the eastern hilly ­areas and the southern Dang district. The inter relationship of the tribal people and the forests was studied from various ­angles, such as alternative income sour­ces and employment generation, evaluation of various tribal welfare schemes, impact of joint forest management, working of tribal sub-plans, marketing of forest produce, and socio cultural changes among the tribal communities (Lobo and Shah 2016).

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Updated On : 11th Jul, 2020
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