Forests articles

The Forest Folklore

Battle against smuggling has made Kashmir literally beg for cheap inter-continental timber that now sustains a huge economy. With scores of compartments totally denuded and sprawling chunks under encroachment, Nayeem Rather visits three

Burning Indifference?

A fire rages through the forests of Tral for several days, but eye witness accounts and government official statements seem poles apart. Bilal Kuchay ventures inside the aftermath of an ecological destruction A

Tethwan: A depleting treasure

Kashmir is losing its rich biodiversity to unplanned development, however, a programme by KU’s botany department is helping revive some medicinal plants. Baseera Rafiquee reports Kashmir has rich biodiversity in flora and fauna

For a greener pasture

The nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwals have been migrating to greener pastures every year to rear their sheep and cattle. For centuries they have kept their occupation and their lifestyle. Aliya Bashir reports While

Wedded to wood

Lolab, literally the waters of love, is one of the most beautiful places in Kashmir inhabited by beautiful, hardworking people mired in tradition and living in traditional houses. Hamidullah Dar reports The hardworking

Forest Encroachments

Jammu  and Kashmir regions have encroached upon 9482 hectors and 4877.62 hectors of land respectively. Since2005-06, the Forest Ministry has retrieved 64.30 hectors and 944.97 hectors of forests land from encroachers in the

The only job

Almost all the young men of a forest village in Baramulla district indulge in timber smuggling, while the dealers make huge profits they continue to languish in poverty, and ignorance. Waseem Ahad reports

Denuding Kashmir

Timber smuggling fuelled by a construction boom is causing widespread destruction to the forests in Kashmir in the absence of a coherent forest policy and effective watch and ward. Athar Parvaiz reports. While

Changing climate, changing life

Changing lifestyle and heavy influx of tourists is putting the fragile ecology of Ladakh region under stress, which is already witnessing the negative effects of climate change. Athar Parvaiz discusses some ways out.