Act as guardian of Forests: Rahi to tribes

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 4/5/2021 10:36:56 AM

Jammu, Apr 4 Recently implemented ‘Forest Rights Act-2006’ by virtue of its provisions, not only recognize the individual and collective land rights of Forest Dwelling communities but it provide rights to protect, regenerate, conserve and manage the Forests and its resources through community under fall in a Gram Sabha said noted tribal research Dr. Javaid Rahi -during an awareness programme organised by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation. He appealed Gujjars, Bakkarwals - major forestdwelling communities of J&K to act as guardian of the forest and protect this wealth with their traditional knowledge. He asked all indigenous communities to act against deforestation and work for significant changes in environmental profile of Jammu and Kashmir. He impressed upon the Tribal and traditional forest dwellers to constitute forest management committees under Forest Rights Act and strictly follow the forestry management practices. It includes protection of forest from any misuse besides adaptation of forest regeneration practices , he added. He said , tribes especially Gujjars and Bakrwal in Jammu and Kashmir used forests and grazing lands for their livelihood and residential use.


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