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

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Conserving Forests in Uttarakhand

Preserving the fragile ecosystem of the mountains and its rich biodiversity requires people's initiative, involvement and commitment. Women in a village in the Kumaon Hills faced with the gradual destruction of the forests around have come together to protect and nurture them.

Water: Charting a Course for the Future - II

Water has suddenly become a favoured subject for seminars and conferences all over the world. A common trend in most of the discussions is to proceed from projections of demand to supply-side solutions in the form of 'water resource development' projects; estimate the massive investment funds needed; take note of the severe limitations on the availability of financial resources with governments; point to private sector investment as the answer; and stress the need for policy change to facilitate this. In India, consciousness of the importance of the subject led to the appointment of the first National Commission on water, which submitted its report in September 1999. This paper attempts to provide a broad and compendious account of the state of affairs in India as far as water resources are concerned and to chart a course for the future. [The paper has been published in two parts, this being the second part. The first part appeared last week.]

Forests Are for Burning

The forest fires raging in the hills of northern India for more than two months now are not only leaving a trail of destruction but are illuminating, in no uncertain way, the consequences of a narrow concept of environmental protection, one not organically linked to current understanding of development. The fires are just the most visible signs of a piecemeal approach to protecting forests, of delinking people from processes. In their glare, the state's calculations in incorporating environmental 'concerns' in its agenda lie exposed.

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