Satya Prakash Negi

Satya Prakash Negi is an Indian Forest Service officer of the 1998 batch. He is currently working as the head of the extension division at the Himalayan Forest Research Institute (HFRI) in Shimla, the capital of the Himalayan mountain state of Himachal Pradesh.

Indigenous Communities Can Counter Naxals and Protect Forests in India

October 15, 2020

On the night of July 11, Naxalites blew up 12 buildings in the forest department’s field office-cum-quarters in the Berkela forest area of Pashchimi Singhbhum district in Jharkhand, India. Naxalites are Maoists who have fought a bloody insurgency against the Indian state in some rural and forest areas for over...

India’s Need of the Hour: Organic Fruit Production

September 30, 2020

While sipping a hot cup of tea and browsing the latest news on my cellphone on the morning of July 20, the headline “Himachal to be fruit bowl soon, Rs 100-cr project planned” caught my attention. To put this in an international context, this project amounts to approximately $13.6 million....

Plastics Threaten the Himalayan Environment

July 28, 2020

In India, many people blame the communities living in and around the forests for exploiting natural resources. They are held responsible for forest degradation and deforestation. Communities who live in the Himalayas are no exception. Today, the once-pristine Himalayan mountains are littered with plastic. Even remote villages with age-old traditions...