"The Forest Conservation Act, and the Forest Advisory Committee, which would decide on the cases of forest diversion, would earlier only look at issues of forest health, protection of wildlife species, major harm to biodiversity, the land required for compensatory afforestation in lieu of the forest diversion etc. It was only when the Forest Rights Act, 2006 was enacted that the government mandated that the rights of forest dwelling communities need to be recognised, and that they needed to be consulted before the project was sanctioned."- Sharad Lele.
New study has revealed that the human activities in the forest area, which include collecting forest produce and hunting activities tend to overlap with the wildlife activities in the protected area of the forest and its buffer zone. This trend was explained by researchers Vikram Aditya and T Ganesh in their study conducted in the Eastern Ghats, a neglected tropical forest landscape in India rich in biota that experiences high degree of human infiltration. “The northern parts of Eastern Ghats experience increasing human disturbance in wildlife habitat despite the forests having a relatively low overall population density. Hunting is also rampant in the region. There is a potential risk in the significant overlap in activity,” Vikram Aditya said.
“Through calculations related to the amount of net CO2 sequestered by native or fast-growing trees over the land available for afforestation, it is seen that meeting India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to sequester 2.5 to 3 Gigaton CO2 in fifteen years is not a realistic target. Further, dedicating forests for the sequestration role involves trade-offs between diverse stakeholders in the context of the multiple roles that forests perform in a densely populated and historically forest-dependent society such as India,” said Dr. Sharachchandra Lele, ATREE.
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The changes to the Forest Conservation Rules come after years of tussle among various ministries, failed takeoffs, and a strong legal warning against such a move in 2015 by the tribal affairs ministry, which oversees the implementation of the Forest Rights Act, government records show.
“This change only makes things worse by making the forest clearance almost a fait accompli,” said Sharachchandra Lele, a distinguished fellow at the ATREE. “We cannot imagine a collector doing due diligence on FRA rights after the forest clearance has already been approved by the union government.”
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Reports of massive fish kill events in lakes across Bengaluru come up worryingly often every year after the first monsoon showers. This year was no different. Ulsoor, Basavanapura, Muthanallur and Bhattarahalli are some of the lakes in which dead fish were found floating over the last few weeks.
What is causing this morbid scene year after year in a city famed for its many water bodies?
Pollution is one culprit. What are the other factors involved?
How exactly do these interact and impact lake ecosystems?
And what needs to be focused on to prevent such events?
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USRA's Tomohiro Oda Appointed to National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Consensus Study Committee – PR Newswire
Universities Space Research Association’s (USRA) Tomohiro Oda has been appointed to National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Consensus Study Committee. Dr. Kamaljit S. Bawa, Founder-President, ATREE is a committee member of this esteemed institution.
"This Consensus Study will allow us to identify the key challenges in monitoring GHG in support of climate monitoring, mitigation, and decision making," said Dr. Oda, who oversees USRA’s GHG emissions modeling and monitoring activities.
The EPI 2022 report, ranked India last in the report and categorised the country as the least environmentally sustainable. Miffed by the findings in the report, India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change issued a strong rebuttal, asserting that some of the indicators used for assessing performance were “extrapolated and based on surmises and unscientific methods”. Commenting on the EPI report, Sharachchandra Lele, said that while the EPI report looks like “a flawed exercise”, India’s environmental performance has been “very poor in the past decade or so because the government is not serious about environmental issues”.
जिला प्रशासन के विशेष मदद से संचालित ATREE संस्था द्वारा वनअधिकार क़ानून 2006 के तहत सामुदायिक अधिकार और सामुदायिक वन संसाधन प्राशिक्षण गांव – गांव में दिया गया, प्रशिक्षण मे प्रशिक्षु के रूप मे आदिवासी समाज के प्रतिनिधि और वन अधिकार समिति के लोग उपस्थित हो रहे हैं ।कार्यशाला के दौरान Atree संस्था के समन्वयक संतु मौर्य, पूरन कश्यप , बनसिह मौर्य , सोमारू ,कमलेश कश्यप, रूपचंद नाग और अनुभव शोरी ने सामुदायिक वन संसाधन अधिकार प्राप्त करने के लिए ग्राम सभाओ की भूमिका और CR और CFR अधिकारो के लिए दावा करने के प्रत्येक चरणों क़ो विस्तार पूर्वक समझा रहे हैं , साथ ही गांव के वन और राजस्व नक्शो क़ो देखने के लिए बस्तर वेब GIS का प्रयोगात्मक उदाहरण पेश किये, ताकि ग्राम सभाओ क़ो दावा किये जा रहे वन और क्षेत्रफल क़ो समझने मे आसानी हो सीमा विवाद की परिस्थिति उत्पन्न न हो, बस्तर प्रसाशन और ATREE के सहयोग से निर्मित एप्प द्वारा गांव का सीमांकन के लिए आमचो CFR एप्प का उपयोगिता क़ो भी समझाया, कार्यशाला के दौरान भविष्य मे जंगल के सुरक्षात्मक उपयोग और प्रबंधन के उदेश्यों क़ो समझने और आजीविका क़ो मजबूत करने के लिए परिचर्चा भी किया जा रहा हैं । ग्रामीणों को समझ में आ रहा है कि राजस्व जमीन, फॉरेस्ट जमीन और पारंपरिक रूप से सीमा कैसे निर्धारण किया गया है । वन अधिकार समिति और ग्राम सभा द्वारा वन अधिकार कानून 2006 के तहत समुदायिक अधिकार के लिए ग्रामीण आगे आ रहे हैं।जिसके तहत वे अपने पारंपरिक सीमा को निर्धारित करते हुए सीमा का सीमांकन कर रहे हैं साथ ही ग्रामसभा को सशक्त करने के लिए लोगों के साथ अपने आज भी का पर्यावरण और संस्कृति को बचाने के लिए समय-समय पर विभिन्न कार्यक्रम भी कर रहे हैं। समुदायिक वन अधिकार के तहत ग्रामीणों ने सीमांकन के साथ-साथ कानून की धारा 3 (1) “ख “एवं धारा 3 (1)” ग ” का फॉर्म भर रहे हैं।
Climate resilience, good yields and steady income: The benefits of a diversified farm in Maharashtra
Over the past decade, Maharashtra’s Purandar taluka has experienced erratic rainfall. There was a severe drought between 2011 and 2013. But then, in the two years from 2019, it received double the average rainfall. During the worst of the dry years, villages have had to rely on expensive tankers to source even drinking water. These are dire circumstances particularly for farmers whose livelihoods depend on rainfall.
A movement to Save Soil in India is gaining traction not just in the media but also with political leaders, celebrities, and citizens alike who have proactively come forward in its support. Given that soil is crucial to our lives and livelihoods, such an awakening is definitely necessary.