Proposed commercialization of forests is a major threat to forest dwelling, tribal communities

Representation by mines, minerals & People (mm&P) to Noyal Thomas, Dy Inspector General of Forest (Forest Policy), Government of India, Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change,  on the Draft National Forest Policy, 2018: This written representation is in relation to the recently formulated Draft National Forest Policy 2018 . We would like to draw … More Proposed commercialization of forests is a major threat to forest dwelling, tribal communities

Draft forest policy would undermine forest rights committee, traditional management systems

Comments on the Draft National Forest Policy, 2018 by the Working Group for Women’s Land Ownership – Gujarat: The Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) recently released the Draft National Forest Policy, 2018 for comments from the public and civil-society organisations. Over the last thirty years, several changes have occurred in and around … More Draft forest policy would undermine forest rights committee, traditional management systems

Draft National Forest Policy proposed by MoEFCC is anti-Adivasi, anti-forest dwellers, anti-ecology

A note based on press conference held by the State Chapter of the Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD), Odisha, which fought for the enactment of historic Forest Rights Act, 2006: Outrightly rejecting the draft National Forest Policy (NFP), 2018 of the BJP led NDA Government at the center, CSD members said that the draft … More Draft National Forest Policy proposed by MoEFCC is anti-Adivasi, anti-forest dwellers, anti-ecology

In Gujarat after FRA began being implemented, farmers were forced to leave their land

By Paulomee Mistry* and Hemant Shah** The 21 March 2018 reply given by Ganpat Vasawa, tribal development minister, on Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2016, regarding cultivation rights given to tribals in the Gujarat Assembly is full of incorrect facts and half-truths. He gave misleading information on actual status of forest land entitlement. The implementation of the FRA in Gujarat is very pathetic … More In Gujarat after FRA began being implemented, farmers were forced to leave their land

How funds meant for tribals are siphoned off to non-tribals due to callous attitude of officials in AP

By Dr Palla Trinadha Rao Available facts suggest that non-tribals are cornering tribal welfare fund in land compensation cases that tribals should have received it through economic support schemes in the State of Andhra Pradesh. In fact, they are successfully securing orders in their favour from courts due to indifferent attitude of officials in dealing … More How funds meant for tribals are siphoned off to non-tribals due to callous attitude of officials in AP

Draft afforestation rules if implemented may trigger litigation, protests, conflict in forest areas

By Manohar Chauhan* These draft Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Rules are in direct violation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (the Forest Rights Act); the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, as amended in 2015; the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution; the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) … More Draft afforestation rules if implemented may trigger litigation, protests, conflict in forest areas

Most of the forest land in Odisha issued to tribals on paper has not been demarcated on ground

A note on Campaign for Survival and Dignity’s comments and suggestions to the Ministry of Forests and Environment and Climate Change (MoEFCC) on Draft Compensatory Afforestation (CFA) Rules, 2018: The State Chapter of the Forest Rights Campaign, Campaign for Survival and Dignity (CSD), Odisha has submitted its comments and suggestions on the Compensatory Afforestation Fund … More Most of the forest land in Odisha issued to tribals on paper has not been demarcated on ground