STOP Govt Owned Forest Lands to be used for Industrial Plantations by Corporations

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A key change in the new draft policy which has proved to be the bone of contention is the one which can open up natural forests for private plantation.

It reads: “Public private participation models will be developed for undertaking afforestation and reforestation activities in degraded forest areas and forest areas available with Forest Development Corporations and outside forests [emphasis added].”

Several experts have spoken against this new policy. Ajay Kumar Saxena, an expert on forestry issues of CSE told Scroll, “Instead of handing over forests to the industry, the government could work on promoting agroforestry, that has the potential of significantly increasing the income of 20 million farmers.”

While speaking to the The Times of India, Saxena said, “The draft NFP 2018 mentions major forestry issues ailing the forest sector, but it doesn’t provide answers to them as to how these objectives will be achieved considering the competitive demands for forestlands. It’s worth noting here that most of the objectives mentioned in earlier 1988 policy have not been met so far.”

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[All stakeholders including public/private organisations, experts and concerned institutions are requested to send the comments on draft National Forest Policy, 2018.


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