Why India’s draft national forest policy needs an urgent course correction
The current National Forest Policy dates back to 1988 before India's economic liberalization started and now the government wants a revision, as it perceives a decline in corporate investments into the forest sector
New Delhi: Imagine two scenarios. One is a natural forest, nature’s complex multi-layered ecosystem and a landscaped home to 80% of all terrestrial biodiversity where thousands of species of plants, animals and microorganisms interact and thrive. The second forest is a human creation, a single-layered monotonous plantation of commercially viable plants and trees. Ecologists often call it the silent forest for the lack of biodiversity.