In the follow up to the #ParisAgreement – UNCC Conference Glasgow (2021), #India did not sign the #Glasgow Declaration on Forests and Land Use. It has been endorsed by 141 countries covering over 90% of forests in the world. 1/5

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The declaration aims to halt & reverse forest loss by 2030. Beyond its role in #mitigating climate change, forests also conservatively support the livelihood of 275 million (27.5 crore) people, and have one of the world’s most important #biodiversity hotspots. 2n
India’s forests are continuously disappearing. Between 2017 and 2020, 72,673.03 hectares (726 square km) of forest land has been recommended for diversion. Another recent study showed that India has lost 122,748 hectares of prime forest in four years. 3n…
Experts have maintained that new trees and plantations cannot compensate for the loss of carbon stocks and other ecosystem services provided by old-growth forests in any realistic time frame. 4n…
"An analysis of the reasons for granting approvals for these proposals & clearing of forests shows that climate change isn't considered as a reason for denying permissions." Also definition of "forests" remain obscure even at this critical juncture in assuring #ClimateJustice 5n

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Jun 30
Projects into considerations:
1. A proposal for a #golf course and resort in the #ecosensitive zone of Keibul Lamjao National Park in #Manipur
2. Denotification of 292.39 ha revenue land from National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary in #MadhyaPradesh
3. In the Western Ghats region, there is a proposal to divert 7.8991 ha of land from default #ecosensitive zone (ESZ) or 10km radius around #Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary for a stone crushing unit in #Kerala s Kozhikode district at a distance of only 2.56 kms from the sanctuary. 2/5
4. The NBWL is also considering a proposal to divert 4.606 ha from default #ecosensitive zone of Periyar #Tiger Reserve for a stone quarry in Kerala’s Idukki district, about 8.61 km from the boundary of the tiger reserve. 3/5
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Jun 30
MoEFCC has directed the constitution of a project screening committee in each state/UT for an initial review proposals involving diversion of #forest land, according to the Forest (Conservation) Rules, 2022, notified on Tuesday. 1/6
The five-member committee will meet at least twice every month and will advise the state governments on projects in a time bound manner, the rules state. 2/6
The new rules also prescribe the time frame of review for different kinds of projects. All non-mining projects between 5-40 hectares must be reviewed within a period of 60 days and all such mining projects within 75 days. 3/6
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Jun 28
The Kerala Independent Farmers Association (KIFA) chairman Alex Ozhukayil said that around 20 towns and 1 lakh families in the State will be affected, according to a report by @NewIndianXpress . 1/5…
If 1km of #ESZ is demarcated from Wildlife Sanctuaries' boundaries (Kerala has 8 lakh acres+); around 4 lakh acres of human settlements, including farmlands, would come within that purview and that would be a matter of sheer survival of lakhs of people. 2n…
Due to the high density of human population around the #forest lands, politicians & people are demanding that human settlements must be exempted from it.
@pinarayivijayan said that the government will consider legal solutions & will raise the issue before central government. 3n
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Jun 28
On June 3, the #SupremeCourt directed that every protected forest, national park and wildlife sanctuary in the country should have a minimum 1 km eco-sensitive zone (ESZ), from their demarcated boundaries. 1/6

#FRA2006 #ecosensitivezone…
A few environmentalists have welcomed the order, others found it unscientific. There were also huge protests against the verdict by farmers organisations in Kerala. The eco-sensitive zones are declared to create a “shock absorber” for the protected areas. 2n
Apart from prohibiting commercial #mining, establishment of major hydroelectric projects, activities related to tourism; there are restrictions on many activities like tree felling, establishing hotels, movements of vehicles at night, ground water harvesting and so on. 3n
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May 13
Following revelations were shared by the #Dalit #Adivasi and EBC communities at a national convention held by the All India Union of Forest Working People #AIUFWP in Delhi in August 2021, 2 years after forced social isolation.
Report by @Countercurrents…
"caste still remained one of the key instruments of oppression in the remote interiors of India, especially in the feudal domain of the Hindi heartland."
#FRA2006 #UttarPradesh #Hindi #Forest #IndigenousPeoples
Rajkumari, village Naya Basti, Ghoom Nagar in District Sonbhadra in UP, said that her traditionally inherited land in the forest comprising 60 bigha, used for cultivation was set on fire by the local goons during lockdown and destroyed the crops of arhar dal and wheat in 15 bigha
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May 13
"The Integrated Tribal Development Agency (#ITDA) under the ST and SC Development department in the district had provisioned procurement of dry mahua flower from tribals at Rs. 32 per kg through self-help groups (SHG)." 1/4
#minorproduce #msp #FRA2006…
Lakhs of tribal people across 26 blocks in the Baridpada district have been suffering losses in the last two years due to Covid restrictions. They earn a livelihood by collecting mahua flowers, but are unaware of procurement provisions by the government. 2/4
"At least 14 ITDA procuring units were set up in Mayurbhanj and nearly 30 SHG groups engaged to procure MFP under the #VanDhanVikasYojana. The concerned SHGs reportedly do not cover remote pockets leaving out a large number of tribals from the ambit of government benefits." 3/4
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