How preserving forests is an exigency to sustain life

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18 Responses

  1. Aprajita singh says:

    Very insightful and interesting read.

  2. Avijit Narayan, Country Manager - Sri Lanka, HMCL says:

    Incredible achievements of Government in balancing the forest cover and urban development. As pointed in the article, the green cover increased despite accomodating development projects on ground. An added perspective can be gained from a study on the kind of green cover that replaced the one that was felled.

  3. Avijit Narayan, Country Manager - Sri Lanka, HMCL says:

    Incredible achievements of the Government in balancing the green coven and urban development, as pointed out in the article that the green cover increased despite the felling for development projects. An added perspective can be gained from a comparative study on the kind of green cover that replaced the one that was felled.

  4. Vaishali Singh says:

    Very well articulated sir. Looking forward to more insightful blogs.

  5. Sanjay Kumar says:

    Very rightly said. Everyone in those infrastructure organisations is as concerned as a citizen as another person. What is needed is that they take informed decisions. It’s worthwhile that relevant information is available for timely, direct and easy access of the decision makers. A highly focused communication strategy and an institutional structure to make that happen is currently lacking. We should be striving to achieve this.


    Indeed a very informative blog. Thank you for sharing this information sir.

  7. After a longtime I found opportunity to read your views specially on forestry practices in Delhi and challenges forestry professionals facing ,when demand of development projects mounting pressure for removal of trees use of forest land for non forestry purposes.

    Hope to see more on similar issues,

  8. Susan says:

    While the government may be attempting to replace the ever-depleting forest cover by planting more trees, it remains to be seen if that is enough. Two things need to be considered: one, whether replacing forest cover is done at a rate that can help us manage the increasing pollution and climate change; and two, the preservation of biodiversity in existing forests. Forests are much more than trees and plants- it is home and habitat to diverse animals, birds and insects. Citizen-centric initiatives maybe the right way forward keeping these ethical dilemmas in mind.

    • Thank you for your thoughtful and critical comments. I entirely agree with you that forests are much more than trees and plants. I would ask a question. Are you arguing for a model mentioned in the Tragedy of the Commons by Garrett Hardin or arguing for individuals’ initiatives or libertarian principle. I would be keen to resolve the moral dilemmas in initiatives of the government to conserve forests. You may send your detailed reply on my e-mail if you like.

  9. Suneesh Buxy says:

    Sir, Please accept my congratulations for putting such a nice blog related with Delhi Chapter of your tenure. I was witness as Conservator of Forests of NCT that time. Certainly Delhi Preservation of Tree Act 1994 is very relevant to achieve greenery of Delhi . For felling of one tree ten trees being planted with assurance of survival and it’s maintenance for 10 years. The modification and useful amendments were your creation.
    Another noticeable fact is the height of saplings . We always had 5-6 ft height for plantation. Those saplings with in a year comes in per view of Satellite.
    Inspite of large number of Metro project and road project we could maintain fine balance is worth mentioning.
    It gives good example of sustainable development.
    28 City forests were developed during the time .Retrieval of encroached land from Mafias were largely done during that period and I feel proud to be associated with you . Out team demolished and retrieved approximately 500 acres of encroached land . It is journey of Delhi forest with strong forestry legacy.

  10. Anil Kumar Vishwakarma says:

    Very well expressed and thoughtful.

  11. Yatin says:

    Very informative blog sir! Thank you for making us learn!

  12. Samridhi says:

    Very insightful blog.
    Although the data provided is showing that there is not much effect on the forest in the present time. But considering the factors like growing population, industrialization, climate change etc, whether the action taken to protect the environment is sufficient to keep pace with this changing time?

  13. Edwin Clemance Thottappilly says:

    Indeed a very informative blog. Thank you for sharing this information sir.

  14. Nidh Jain says:

    Very informative

  15. Khyati Ghai says:

    Very insightful with an important message! It is important to know how the forest cover is maintained through both the government and citizen initiatives. However, maintaing the forest cover as a sustainable ecosystem and home for wild animals, birds is also important.

  16. Vishal Sharma says:

    The blog has generated a sense of satisfaction that sustained government efforts have increased forest cover. Initial government consciousness regarding forest conservation came with the Ramsar convention and Stockholm convention etc. Further percolation of international movement to protect environment to the local level always kept government on its toes. And result is here in front of us as an increased forest cover both qualitatively and quantitatively. However, intellectual discourse which goes in public has always shown a tendency to highlight the drawbacks only. And positive efforts of government have been seldom celebrated by the activists. Although successful individual efforts and non-governmental institutional efforts have always been lauded and awarded, such as Chipko movement or regeneration of river Kali Bein in Punjab by priest Balbir Singh Seechewal, but analysis and appreciation of positive results of governmental efforts have always been missing in intellectual debates. This blog becomes very important, as it has tried to fill that gap. A well-written piece.

  17. Shruti Dasgupta says:

    very Informative article. Thank You Sir for the insights.

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