Forest and wildlife bills passed despite protests

The National Legislative Assembly yesterday passed two amendments to the forestry and wildlife bills, which for the first time will allow forest dwellers and communities with overlapping claims to continue living “lawfully” in the forest – under some conditions.The National Parks Act and the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act have been in use for nearly 60 years, and have not really addressed the conflicts between long-time forest dwelling families and the need for natural protection.

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