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Kashmir’s forest cover has perpetually remained under stress for climatic and economic reasons. It has taken a huge hit for security reasons as well. This section offers detailed reportage about the various facets of the green cover that is so vital for the fragile ecology of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

For Nature’s Sake

Inspired by his surrounding picturesque Zabarwan range Shahnawaz, a veterinarian, chose to follow his heart. He recently qualified Indian Forestry Services. Zubair Sofi tells...

“Dokhas are seasonal and need to be dismantled once nomads move out”

Riding Modi wave in 2014, Lal Singh deserted Congress and joined BJP to eventually become state’s health minister. After Ms Mufti took over in...

Straining Forests

From once a self-sufficient timber producer to a major importer, Kashmir’s forest tale has many chapters written in red. Shakir Mir reports the gulf...

The Forest Folklore

Battle against smuggling has made Kashmir literally beg for cheap inter-continental timber that now sustains a huge economy. With scores of compartments totally denuded...

Burning Indifference?

A fire rages through the forests of Tral for several days, but eye witness accounts and government official statements seem poles apart. Bilal Kuchay...

Tethwan: A depleting treasure

Kashmir is losing its rich biodiversity to unplanned development, however, a programme by KU’s botany department is helping revive some medicinal plants. Baseera Rafiquee...

For a greener pasture

The nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwals have been migrating to greener pastures every year to rear their sheep and cattle. For centuries they have kept...

Wedded to wood

Lolab, literally the waters of love, is one of the most beautiful places in Kashmir inhabited by beautiful, hardworking people mired in tradition and...

Forest Encroachments

Jammu  and Kashmir regions have encroached upon 9482 hectors and 4877.62 hectors of land respectively. Since2005-06, the Forest Ministry has retrieved 64.30 hectors and...

The only job

Almost all the young men of a forest village in Baramulla district indulge in timber smuggling, while the dealers make huge profits they continue...

Denuding Kashmir

Timber smuggling fuelled by a construction boom is causing widespread destruction to the forests in Kashmir in the absence of a coherent forest policy...

Changing climate, changing life

Changing lifestyle and heavy influx of tourists is putting the fragile ecology of Ladakh region under stress, which is already witnessing the negative effects...

Caught in the storm

Beaten first by rough weather, the year has been tough for Gujjar nomads, with the long shutdown adding to their woes. Ikhlaq Qadri reports. Herding...

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