With an aim to safeguard the existing forest land in the country, the government of India has come out with its latest National Forest Policy. The new policy will replace the older edition which was introduced way back in 1988.
The Ministry of Environment and Forest has put out the draft policy, prepared by the Bhopal-based Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), in public domain asking feedback from experts, civil society, environmentalists and other stakeholders by June 30 after which a final decision will be made, reports Business Standard.
The new policy has also focused on activities outside forest areas. Here are the key points of the report:
(With inputs from agencies)
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