National Forest Policy, 1988

Emphais on Protection, conservation, regeneration and development of forests.


  • Maintenance of environmental stability through the preservation and restoration of ecological balance.
  • Conservation of forests as a national heritage with vast varieties of flora and fauna.
  • Control of soil erosion and denudation in catchment areas of rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
  • Check on the extension of sand-dunes in desert areas of Rajasthan and along sea-coasts.
  • Increasing forest cover to 33% through massive afforestation and social forestry programmes.
  • To meet the needs of fuel-wood, fodder and minor forest products for the rural and tribal people.
  • Augment the productivity of the forests to meet national needs.
  • Encouragement of efficient utilisation of forest produce and optimum substitution of wood.
  • Steps to create massive movement of people with the involvement of women folk to achieve these objectives and to minimise pressure on existing forests.
  • Involvement of people in forest management under joint forest management.

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