Local Self Government Institution, Specified Tree, Tree

ACT 46 OF 2005
An Act to promote cultivation of trees in non-forest areas of the State, in
order to increase green cover, preserve bio-diversity and arrest soil erosion
and to increase availability of timber and bamboo for industry.
Preamble.-WHEREAS, it is necessary to maintain environmental stability by
the cultivation of trees in non-forest areas;
AND WHEREAS, cultivation of new trees are necessary for checking soil
erosion and denudation in the catchment areas of rivers, lakes, tanks and canals and
for mitigating floods and droughts;
AND WHEREAS, in order to increase the green cover in the country, it is
necessary to cultivate trees in all non-forest lands also;
AND WHEREAS, in order to meet the requirements of fuel, wood, fodder
and small timber to the rural populations, it is necessary to promote cultivation of
trees in all non-forest areas in the State;
AND WHEREAS, it is necessary to establish tree lands, wherever possible,
for the amelioration of the people and for preserving climatic conditions and
promoting the general well being of the people;
AND WHEREAS, for the constant supply of wood for industrial growth and
realization of maximum annual revenue in perpetuity, it is necessary to promote
cultivation of trees in all non-forest areas;
AND WHEREAS, the Law-Reforms Committee appointed by the
Government of Kerala have recommended to bring in a legislation to promote
cultivation of trees in non-forest areas, in order to fulfill the needs enumerated
BE it enacted in the Fifty-sixth Year of the Republic of India as follows:–

  1. Short title, commencement, extent and application.-(1) This Act may be
    called the Kerala Promotion of Tree Growth in Non-Forest Areas Act, 2005.
    (2). It extends to the whole of the State of Kerala.
    (3). It shall come into force at once.
    (4) It shall apply to all non-forest lands in the State.
  2. Definitions.-In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,–
    (a) “Government” means the Government of Kerala;
    (b) “Local Self Government Institution” means a Panchayat at any level
    constituted under the Kerala Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 (13 of 1994) or a
    Municipality constituted under the Kerala Municipality Act, 1994 (20 of 1994);
    (c) “Non-forest land” includes all private lands, lands vested in or
    transferred to or purchased by the Local Self Government Institutions, but does not
    include Cardamom Hill Reserve lands, lands declared or deemed to have been

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