Major Differences Between Reserved Forests and Protected Forests
Reserved forests and protected forests are declared with the aim to conserve wildlife and resources of the country. The difference between reserved forests and protected forests are listed below.
|Reserved Forests||Protected Forests|
|Reserved forests are the forest lands that enjoy legal protection.||Protected forests also enjoy legal protection, however, the main focus is on local resources and inhabitants.|
|Most activities like hunting and poaching are banned in reserved forests unless specifically allowed by the government.||Local communities often have the right to perform activities like hunting and poaching in protected forests.|
|Reserved forests often do not get converted to national parks or wildlife sanctuaries.||With funding, protected forests are often converted to national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.|
|Reserved forests are protected with the aim to protect the abundant resources present in them.||Protected forests are declared with the aim to protect against the depletion of natural resources.|
|More than half of the forest area is under the category of reserved forests in India.||Protected forests make up at least one-third of the total forest area in India.|