Discussions on India’s national forest policy continues as draft revisions propose “ecologically responsible behavior” and greater use of wood products. These proposals would help create employment opportunities by boosting indigenous manufacturing using domestic resources.
The draft policy is open for public consultation until June 30. The Ministry is emphasising that the country needs to change its mind set from forests to landscapes, from canopy cover to healthy ecosystems, from substituting wood to promoting sustainable wood use, from participatory approaches to empowerment and to greater community participation.
India has set an ambitious target of bringing 30 per cent of its total land area under forest cover within a decade (from the current 25 per cent). It plans to achieve this by rehabilitating degraded land with native species.