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Satellite-based system to track land encroachments on Indian forest land

India: The ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has released a draft policy on inspection, verification, monitoring and overall procedure relating to the grant of forest clearances.

The draft policy envisages establishment of an independent, remote-sensing, satellite-based monitoring system to detect encroachment and unauthorised changes in the approved land use plan, illegal mining on forest land after expiry of the approver under the Forest (Conservation) Act and the progress of concurrent/final reclamation/rehabilitation of mined-out area in mining project. Besides, it will detect damage to flora and fauna in the adjoining forests and maintenance of minimum ecological flow in hydel/irrigation and river valley projects.

Source: Business Standard