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Geospatial tech tracks human encroachment in forests

Lucknow, India: In India, Uttar Pradesh (UP) State’s forest department is using remote sensing technique to identify and locate human habitations in some of its forest divisions. The Remote Sensing Application Centre in Lucknow, UP, has conducted a survey of forest divisions in Chandauli and Sonbhadra region. The maps prepared on the basis of satellite data obtained by the centre show the distribution of different types of forests in the forest divisions and location of human settlements as well.

T S Kachhwaha, Head, Forest and Ecology Division of the centre, said “The agricultural land has also been recorded.” The data thus recorded might help the department in settlements of claims in the two districts under the Schedule Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

The Act aims at empowering tribals and other traditional forest dwellers for their occupation and habitation rights on forests. It also empowers and encourages forest dwellers to protect, conserve and manage forest bio-diversity.

Source: TOI