ForEcoIndia

ForEcoIndia aims at promoting restoration of degraded forest landscapes.

            ForEcoIndia is a campaign or movement that works to

  1. Promote ecosystem based forest management;
  2. Strive to support restoration of degraded forests with an ecosystem approach;
  3. Undertake advocacy for restoration of degraded ecosystems to bring them close to nature;
  4. Organize and manage awareness drives for promoting forest management on an ecosystem basis; and
  5. Mobilize support for this cause from all interested persons, groups and organizations.

Principles

ForEcoIndia stands for the following broad principles that should govern the forest management in India:

  1. Restore degraded forest ecosystems mimicking nature.
  2. Discourage continuation of shelter wood system of management.
  3. Discourage/ abandon totally coppice system of management.
  4. Conversion of coppice forests to high forests.
  5. Promote selection system of forest harvesting/ harvesting based on control method.
  6. Promote replacement and enrichment of degraded exotic species monoculture plantations by mixed indigenous species.
  7. Promote mixed indigenous species plantations.
  8. Soil condition should be improved by preventing extraction of dry and fallen leaves and twigs. Soil moisture conservation methods should be applied in all tropical areas.
  9. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides should not be used in public forests or plantations on forestlands.
  10. Unregulated grazing should be replaced by regulated rotational grazing in forests.
  11. Unregulated and indiscriminate collection of firewood by cutting small trees, saplings and lopping should be prevented. Management should be modified to provide regulated alternatives to the dependent communities.
  12. Promote Social Forestry/ agro forestry.
  13. Shrubs, herbs, grasses, small size trees, undergrowth should not be removed indiscriminately.
  14. Site-specific plans should be prepared for restoration of degraded ecosystems.
  15. Also, soil and moisture conservation methods should be an integral part of afforestation/reforestation operations. It will also increase biomass productivity.