Go green: J&K launches new non-forest timber policy, sets up biodiversity management committees
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Srinagar, March 16 -- Jammu and Kashmir government has launched a policy for the sustainable collection and utilization of non-forest timber produce (NTFP) in the UT.
J&K is one the unique biodiversity hotspots in the Indian Himalayas with around 48 percent of the geographical area under forest cover. The forests in the region are the repository of non-forest timber produce (NTFP) like bamboo, brushwood, stumps, cane, honey, wax, tussar, rare medicinal plants, herbs, roots, tubers, etc.
A senior official at the Forest Department, Jammu & Kashmir said the policy aims to involve the forest-dependent communities directly in sustainable collection and utilization of NTFP, thereby creating livelihood opportunities for them.
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