. 2018 policy focuses on ecological security, sustainable forest management and participatory forest management.
Draft forest policy 2018.
Local communities will get the benefits of of forest and plantation projects.
Allows tripartite agreement between industry Government and local community for private plantation projects.
But commercialization forest will degrade biodiversity and tribal livelihood.
Encourages use of timber because it's carbon neutral point but it also encourages deforestation and ecological destruction.
Allows commercial ventures in degraded forest areas but they are used by tribals for shifting cultivation and agriculture.
Will start monoculture in forest.
Focus on climate change, sustainable and participatory forest management.
promotes agroforestry, social forestry and urban green spaces.
Management of non Timber forest produce like aromatic plants, bamboo, fibres etc to be managed sustainably to increase employment and income of local community.
Encourages genetically improved materials to bring down imports of timber and other forest produce.
Forest certification for standards and institutional framework in forest management.
Green jobs and forest based industry promotion. Can be bane or boon for tribals.
Awareness education and research. Participation of community tribals NGOs and private sector.
Separate focus on North East forests.
Create national board of forestry.
Compensatory afforestation rules reduce gram sabha in 2 consultants and not active participants. State bureaucracy of forests has too much power. State officer will be present in the village committee.