Meaning of `forest` set to change in India

  HEREINAFTER
The Union ministry of environment and forests (MOEF) has reached the first milestone of its ministerial excercise 'Defining Forest in Indian Context'. At a 2-day meeting held April 30-May 1, 2007, the Ashoka Trust

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  AT STAKE
At the April end workshop, the consultants put forward a draft definition: henceforth, forests in India would be defined as "an area under Government control notified or recorded as 'forest' under any Act,


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  BIGGEST LANDLORDS
An annual demand of over a million railway sleepers translated into an unregulated assault on fores; among other, the sal forests of Garhwal and Kumaon were devasted. Realising forests


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  DEFINING MOMENT
There is no doubt that India needs a definition of 'forest'. The situation of parallel governance - ministry and court; forest laws and court orders - has ensured that the status quo in forest management is


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