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Less than a century ago, 40 percent of India was forested. Large tracts of deciduous and tropical rainforest were destroyed over the last century as the British expanded India?s railway network across the country. Crops and plantations have taken over much of the rest.

Today, just 8 percent of India is covered in intact dense forest, ranging from the world?s most extensive mangrove forests, the Sunderbans in West Bengal, to evergreen rainforest in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and dry alpine forests in the Himalayan foothills. [more]

India Links:

  • Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment - ATREE is a non-profit organization working to conserve India's biodiversity.
  • Ban Mining in Kudremukh National Park - Information on Kudremukh National Park and efforts to protect it.
  • Declining Sandalwood Forests and Smuggling - Case study from American University's Trade and Environment Database (TED).
  • Environment Support Group - Group based in Bangalore, working with local communities in their struggles for justice, development and a safe environment in the region of Karnataka.
  • Have Indian foresters learned nothing? - Article from the World Rainforest Movement bulletin.
  • India: Mining and plantations put National Park at risk - Article from the World Rainforest Movement bulletin.
  • Indian Jungles - Information on Indian wildlife and wilderness.
  • Madras Naturalist Society - Non-governmental organisation in India working on wildlife conservation in the rainforests.
  • Sanctuary Asia - Indian publication concerned with wildlife conservation and environmental protection.
  • Surajmukhi - Environmental organization in Central India working on wildlife protection.
  • Tata Energy Research Institute - TERI is a non-profit, scientific and policy research organisation, working in the fields of energy, environment and a range of sustainable development issues.
  • Underlying causes of deforestation in Chandrapur - Report from the Underlying Causes Initiative workshop.

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