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Issue date: 
Apr 19, 2012

Forests equal to half of Delhi lost, reveals report

Going by the latest report on deforestation in India, we have lost forest area equivalent to more than half of New Delhi or as big as a tier two city between 2007 and 2009 alone.

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11 Mar 2012

Land ownership boosts climate resilience in India

Efforts to secure land ownership for tribal people in one of India’s poorest states are bolstering their economic security in the face of climate-induced hardships, and helping conserve farmland and forest.

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07 Mar 2012

Bid to revive forests in Jammu and Kashmir

ZAVOORA, India (AlertNet) – Amid thousands of tree stumps stretching over almost 60 hectares (150 acres) of bare plateau, there are signs of life. Delicate saplings of kail and deodar conifers are growing between other newly planted deciduous trees. 

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14 February 2012

Foresters facing climate change challenges

Foresters must face various tough challenges in the current scenario of global climate change, Forest Survey of India director general AK Wahal said while chairing the valedictory session of a two-day workshop on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation plus (REDD +) for India

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Feb 8 2012

Forest cover falls to 23.81% of total geographical area

India’s environment ministry has blamed Maoist rebels and shifting cultivation practised in the country’s north-east for a drop in forest cover.

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09 February 2012

Behind the forest cover

In its latest report, the Indian government has attributed the declining forest cover in India to forest clearance by Maoist guerrillas. The statistics, however, say the contrary.

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February 02, 2012

Five percent increase in India's forest cover

New Delhi: In what could bring cheers to environmentalists, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the country's forest cover has increased by nearly five per cent between 1997 and 2007.

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Jan 27, 2012

Jayanthi Natarajan turns down proposal seeking Rs 1K crore under CAMPA

NEW DELHI: Environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan has asked the Comptroller and Auditor General to review the spending of the funds of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA).

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December 23, 2011

Green India Mission: India’s REDD+ Action Plan

Government of India announced it’s first ever National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) in June 2008 to identify measures and steps to advance climate change-related actions in its domestic sphere. One of the eight missions is the Green India Mission (GIM), which was ‘launched to enhance eco-system services including carbon sinks to be called Green India.’ This paper highlights the international political agenda motivating the agenda of the Mission as well as how it impacts communities, forest governance and therefore access to forest rights.

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Dec 30, 2011

Government plans massive afforestation drive

HYDERABAD: The state forest department, in an ambitious plan, will plant 12 crore saplings outside the forest areas by June next to increase the state’s tree cover.


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