Thursday, November 08, 2007

praveen bhargav of wildlife first, argues eloquently the need to have contingous, viable, unfragmented forests of india and he shows a way in which finance can be secured to do this.

i reproduce from the article, "
Responding to the urgent need to stop the depletion in the face of diminishing political will, the Supreme Court is now enforcing compulsory levies on mining, power and other developmental projects that gobble up natural forests and intrude into wildlife habitats. A sum of Rs. 5,000 crore thus collected is now lying in a corpus fund with the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA)."

and as usual in india, this CAMPA funds is lying unused and a better way of putting it to action is to secure our forests in a viable way.

we have a finance minister who comes from agricultural hinterland of india, we have a prime minister who is a finance brain and we have funds for a particular cause. of course what we dont have is to see sustainable development, inclusive growth and clean environment.

when finance matches with sustainable development in a need fashion and not in greed fashion, we can see much more synergy in development rather than the brutal way it is developing now.


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