Regulatory policy

The Center announces a working group for “synergies” between forest policy, forest law and agroforestry

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS): The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has announced the establishment of a working group to develop what it calls “synergies” between the National Forest Policy, the Forest (Conservation) Act of 1980 and the National Agro-forestry Policy.

“It was decided to set up a working group under the chairmanship of the Director General of Forests and the Special Secretary to study and analyze the National Forest Policy of 1988, the draft National Forest Policy, the proposed amendments to the Forest Law (conservation) of 1980 and the current regulatory regimes on agroforestry/trees outside forests across the country, in order to make recommendations to develop synergies for the promotion of sustainable development and the management of forests and trees outside forests in the country,” the ministry said in an office memorandum released Thursday evening.

The working group, with a two-month mandate, will submit its report in 60 days.

If necessary, he can co-opt any member, the memorandum says.

Most of the proposed members of the 19-member task force are either directly or indirectly part of the ministry with only three from outside that circle.