ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Timber in Meghalaya

A Supreme Court order meant to protect forests is turning, in Meghalaya at least, into its opposite. By putting a zero value on trees as timber, it encourages a shift to lower value uses and thus the mining of forest resources. Rather than restricting the notion of property rights of forest dwellers, as the Supreme Court ruling does, the international trend is towards increasing acceptance of property rights and the related commoditisation of the environmental services that forests (i e, the forest dwellers) provide to the external world.

This note is based on investigations conducted in October 1999, centred on the Mairang Sub-Division of West Khasi Hills and also including Ri-Bhoi district. The investigations included discussions with a few officials and timber traders and sawmill owners. But the main discussions were with villagers, including but not confined to headmen, in six villages around Kymrud and eight villages around Madan Maroid and a couple of villages near Umroi in Ri-Bhoi district. The discussions with the farmers also included separate meetings and discussions with women farmers in a few of the villages.

Change in Forest and Land Ownership

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