Forest Society and Colonialism – Notes
Forests form an important part of our ecosystem and are beneficial to us in various ways.
Deforestation is the process of clearing of forests by removing trees through logging or burning.
Causes of deforestation are cultivation, timber for building ships, trains and railway line sleepers, plantations and the demand for fodder, leaves and fuel by the Adivasis.
The effects of deforestation include soil erosion, disturbance in the water cycle, extinction of plants and animals, and rendering of forest dwellers homeless.