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Tripura minister for access, benefit sharing of forests
Published on 7 Jun. 2010 12:58 AM IST
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Tripura Forest Minister Jitendra Choudhury has urged the groups lobbying for the cause of environment to plead for increasing the sphere of access and benefit sharing of forestry resources.
Addressing a national seminar on Bio-diversity Conservation organised by leading environmental advocacy group of Tripura Association for Research on People and Nature (ARPAN) as part of celebration of International Year of Bio-diversity and World Environment Day, Mr Choudhury said unless common people get benefit, the entire purpose of conservation would become meaningless.
He pointed out that the concept of carbon trading by promoting green forestry by both industry and small land holders had opened an opportunity of earning money from green conservation though it had not yet gained momentum in Tripura.
Refuting the argument against massive rubber cultivation, Choudhury demanded complete scientific indepth research on impact of rubber cultivation in massive way and monoculture of easy cash-earning species, reported UNI. “We are being flooded with reports and comments over the negative effects of rubber cultivation in the state. One expert says that rubber adds to the process of heat escalation and heart diseases while there are other educated people who opine that rubber causes acidification of soil and breathing problems. Since we are not experts we are planning to seek expert opinion on the issue because rubber monoculture has been growing by leaps and bounds in Tripura,’’ said Choudhury.
He has called for acceleration of the process of launching forest-based economic activity with the participation of common people in hilly and forest areas for sustained growth and development of forest as also for providing livelihood opportunities for the forest dwellers.
He underlined that government planning had also considered the view for sustained growth and development of forest as well as for providing livelihood opportunities for people dependent on forests and two internationally aided projects were implemented to achieve the goal.
Besides Choudhury, Minister for Environment Joy Gobinda Debroy, Chairman of Tripura Industrial Development Corporation(TIDC) Pabitra Kar, ONGC’s Tripura Asset Manager VK Jain, Supreme Court advocate Ritwick Dutta and Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Dr RL Srivastava addressed the gathering and highlighted various issues.

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