Social exclusion in community forest management

Through the 1990s there have been attempts to reform India’s forest management that have been marked by a departure from colonial approaches and have tried to incorporate the concerns of the historically neglected forest dependent communities. Conservation, sustainable use and benefit sharing have been the focus. A shift was made away from exclusionary notion of…

Safeguard land rights of indigenous and rural women, says study

Indigenous and rural women’s rights to the vital lands and resources, and their voices in the governance of these lands, have not earned significant attention in development circles, as per a recent report by the Right and Resources Initiative. The study titled Power and Potential: A comparative analysis of national laws and regulations concerning women’s…

Shifting cultivation under threat

A study by SPWD on ‘Environmental, social and health implications of shifting cultivation’ points to the risk faced by the rich agro-biodiverse systems of the shifting cultivation lands in Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The study looked at shifting cultivation practices by two Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in two districts and confirms the distinctiveness of shifting…

Study decries slow pace of recognition of community forest rights

Just about 3 percent of the minimum potential of Community Forest Rights could be achieved in the last ten years, as per a recent report. Titled ‘Promise and Performance: Ten Years of the Forest Rights Act in India’ the report released late last year was produced as a part of Community Forest Rights-Learning and Advocacy…

A global assessment of trees, forests and land use in drylands

The FAO has along with Google developed an economically feasible way of assessing trees, forests, land use and land-use change in any area of the world. The preliminary report of the first Global Drylands Assessment by FAO provides a baseline for monitoring and help in identifying priority intervention areas for land restoration. The full report…

The legal trajectory of land acquisition in India

Equitable and efficient acquisition of land by the state for economic development projects, including infrastructure and industry, is a huge challenge if it has to be socially inclusive, ecologically sustainable, politically feasible, and in accordance with the rule of law. The Centre for Policy Research (CPR), a leading public policy think tank in India has…