Some environmentalist allege tribes for destroying forest for their use and some say that they are more eco-sensitive and protect nature better. Then what do you infer from both the references?
Ans. No doubt, tribal people rely on forest products for their
survival i.e. food, wood, fuel wood, medicines, etc but they use them in sustainable manner. They practice lopping rather than felling of trees so they are not destroying forest completely. Only incidence of deforestation Is slash and burn agriculture practiced by many tribals which deplete forests, but these are not practically
permanent destruction of forest, after they abandon the land in some years, again generates forests. The tribals are naturally nature lovers, they worship trees, wildlife as God or other sacred elements and protect the nature with traditional methods.
Tribals are innocent people they do not destroy the ecology knowingly and not exploit the nature for commercial purpose extensively as the modern man do it. So, the Recent Forest Act, 2006 give tribals right on forest and include them legally with nature conservation process.