The conifer forest

Infographic: The Alarming Truth Behind Deforestation

The infographic, as you can see, is called The Alarming Truth Behind Deforestation, and a quick look shows that is certainly is an alarming truth. It clearly illustrates the current state of the world’s rainforests and the damage that has been done to them so far. So what is the current state? Let’s have a look. How bad is deforestation now? As you can see from this infographic deforestation is significant in a number of countries. In El Salvador, 440

The conifer forest

Infographic on the Business of Forestry and the Industries Dependent on it

Almost a third of the world’s forests are used for the production of wood and non-wood products. In fact the global trade in forest products totals $379 billion and 1.6 billion of the world’s people depend on our forests for their livelihood. This infographic is an overview of the Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP) and the industries that depend on them. Over 150 types of NTFP are significant for sustainable development, conservation of biological diversity and international trade. Food is40

State of Forest Report 2013

India State of Forest Report 2013 Released

Shri Prakash Javadekar , the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment, Forests & Climate Change released the biennial report “India State of Forest Report (ISFR)”. It is now the 13th report in the series. As per the report, total forest and tree cover of the country is 78.92 million hectare (24.01%) which is an increase of 5871 sq km. However, this increase is largely under open forest category which lies outside the main forest areas. Maximum increase in forest40

MoEF’s National REDD+ Draft Policy

The REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation in developing countries) mechanism originally aimed at creating some sort of financial incentive for forest carbon stocks which were left outside the purview of the negotiations that adopted UNFCCC and brought into picture the Kyoto Protocol. REDD+ takes it further and (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries)1 The formal UN REDD website40

Green Belt- Buffer

Green Belts for a Better, Safer Environment

Trees, shrubs and other vegetation can absorb certain air pollutants if they are within tolerable limits. This concept is utilised in developing strips of vegetation known as green belt development. Green belts should be developed especially around sources of pollution to improve the environment. In Delhi, the ridge serves as the breathing apparatus of the city. The design and nature of green belts will vary according to the place and the type of industry. Some of the factors which influence40

Liquidambar formosana

Economic importance of Liquidambar formosana

Kingdom: Plantae Order: Saxifragales Family: Hamamelidaceae Genus:  Liquidambar Species: Liquidambar formosana Common name: Formosa sweet gum Origin: China Description: Formosa Sweet gum has a wide, pyramidal shape when young but eventually grows to a rounded or irregular form. Young specimens may vary in form and be somewhat irregular. It has a more rounded crown than native Sweet gum. The large,  three-lobed leaves, purplish-red when young, are dark green through the growing season and in fall turn a beautiful yellow-red colour in the40

Magnolia grandiflora

Economic importance of Magnolia grandiflora

Kingdom: Plantae Order: Magnoliales Family: Magnoliaceae Genus: Magnolia Species: Magnolia grandiflora Common name: Laurel magnolia, Life tree, Bari champa, Him champa Origin: U.S.A. Description: Magnolia is a large, broad-leafed evergreen tree. Its trunk is typically straight and erect with spreading branches that form a dense, broadly pyramidal crown. The evergreen leaves are leathery and dark glossy green above with rusty, velveteen undersides.  Economic Importance: Bark stimulant, diaphoretic and tonic; used also for malaria and rheumatism, most part contains an essential oil. Most40

Schima wallichi

Economic importance of Schima wallichi

Kingdom: Plantae Order: Ericales Family: Theaceae Genus:  Schima Species: Schima wallichi Common name: Needle wood, Chialuni Origin: India Description: Leaves oblong, lanceolate, elliptic- oblong or ovate to obovate, cuneate to round at base, acute to short acuminate at apex. Flowers white, fragrant, narrowly oblong, retuse.  Economic Importance: Wood used for building purposes, bridges, planking canoes, agricultural implements, fancy articles, pit and mine- props, and veneers. Also suitable for tea chest plywood, rice mortars, and matches and paper pulp. Bark used for dyeing40