National Forest Policy, 1988

 

  • This forest policy mainly emphasizes protection, conservation and development of the forests. 
  • Its aim are –
    • Maintenance of environmental stability through preservation and restoration of ecological balance.
    • Conservation of forest as natural heritage.Check on soil erosion and denudation in catchment areas of rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
    • Check on extension of sand dunes in the desert areas of Rajasthan and along coastal tracts.
    • Substantial increase in forest cover through massive afforestation and social forestry schemes.
    • Steps to meet requirement of fuel wood, fodder, minor forest produce and soil timber of rural and tribal populations.
    • Increase in productivity of forest to meet the national needEncouragement of efficient utilization of forest produce and optimum substitution of wood.
    • Steps to create awareness between peoples and achieve the objectives with minimizing the pressure on existing forests.
    • Involvement of people in forest management under Joint forest Management.