Forest or non-forest – definition after destruction? -I
SHILLONG: The State Forest Department recently held a workshop on the theme “Definition of Forests and Conflict Resolution in the context of Meghalaya.” This year is also the International Year of Forests. For decades, forest land in Meghalaya has been diverted for non-forest purposes, mainly for mining particularly in Jaintia Hills by flouting the Forest Conservation Act 1980. The question is why the need for a definition now?