Without forests, where is the question of forests rights?

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Forest dwellers and those living around forests should have GUARANTEED employment and livelihoods, but not as conduits to supply forest biomass to bottomless markets. They should in fact be recognised officially as ecosystem farmers - caregivers for Intensive Conservation Units (ICUs) who are respected across the world, whose food, water, health, education and financial well-being should become our national objective. Unfortunately, many human rights activists and social workers whose understanding of the ecological imperative is not quite up to scratch, believe that turning such communities into channels that end up feeding gluttonous urban demands amounts to offering them legitimate livelihoods, even though this ends up exhausting their larder and driving them to penury in the long run. Here is one such example of tendu, Diospyros melanoxylon, which even the most sensible activists continue to champion in a most senseless way:  http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=Up-in-Smoke.html&Itemid=52