The Scheduled Tribes and Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 is being implemented since 2008. While there is still a long way to go for effective implementation of the Act in letter and spirit, there have been some encouraging developments over the last year. At the same time, there have also been some setbacks or persisting issues.
There is, thus, an overall need to build a deeper understanding at the levels of administration, CSOs and forest dependent communities about the significance, objectives and provisions of the Act.
Tushar Dash and Shiba Desor (on behalf of Vasundhara and Kalpavriksh) are pleased to announce online release of a new study report on India's Forest Rights Act. This report is an outcome of the Community Forest Rights – Learning and Advocacy (CFR-LA) process to facilitate exchange of information and experiences and to reinforce national level efforts for evidence-based advocacy on CFRs under FRA. The process involves organisations and individuals working at local, national and international level on facilitating and/or understanding CFRs.
This year’s report contains:
National Overview of recent developments, at both policy and implementation level, relevant to the provision of CFRs.
Implementation Update and Key Issues from government information presented in the status reports, state action plans, reports of National and Regional Consultations, and information provided by civil society organisations, researchers and others engaged in facilitating implementation of the Act at the community level.
Case Studies and Updates on CFR process from the Indian states of Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh (Baiga chak region in Dindori district), Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Odisha and Karnataka (BRT Wildlife Sanctuary).
Recommendations for strengthening the process of implementation of the provisions on community forest rights.
- For more information and updates on CFR process see http://fra.org.in/new. The last year’s report is available in the CFR link.
- To participate in related discussions please join CFRLA email group by visiting https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/cfr-la.
- Comments and suggestions on the report as well as on the CFRLA initiative are welcome.