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Forest working plan for the sustainable management of forest and biodiversity in India

Kumar, Manoj and Singh, Madan Prasad and Singh, Hukum and Dhakate, Parag Madhukar and Ravindranath, N H (2020) Forest working plan for the sustainable management of forest and biodiversity in India. In: JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY, 39 (1). pp. 1-22.

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Official URL: http:/dx.doi.org/10.1080/10549811.2019.1632212


Forests are one of the major sources of livelihood that need to be conserved. In India, there have been continuous efforts to evolve a scientific basis for sustainable management of forests. In recent century, this has primarily been addressed through ``forest management plans,'' also known as ``working plans.'' To make the plans uniform for each of the forest management units, guidelines have been issued by Government of India in the name of ``working plan code,'' which are revised periodically to match present days' requirement. A working plan largely deals with the present state of the forest, outcomes of past management, and proposal of future management on a scientific basis. With a significant lapse of time, the role of forests has been recognized beyond mere supply of timber (a major resource) to fulfilling the demands of minor resources and ecological services. This has transformed the basis of forest management and the working plans. With reference to India, we discuss the relevance of working plan for sustainable management of forests; highlights of the most recent working plan code (2014); relevance of the code with reference to climate change and biodiversity, future perspectives, and recommendations for better management of the forests.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC
Keywords: Climate change; forest inventory; forest management; working plan code
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (formerly ASTRA)
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2019 11:09
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 11:09
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/64029

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