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Democratizing Forest Governance in India

ISBN : 9780198099123

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Author: 
Sharachchandra Lele; Ajit Menon
Pages
424 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
147 x 223 mm
Pub date
Oct 2014
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The forest sector in India is currently going through an unprecedented churning. Every dimension of forest-related decision-making, including rights of local communities, conversion of forests to non-forest uses and setting aside forests for wildlife conservation, has become the subject of intense scrutiny, debate and change. The involvement of multiple actors, from local communities to the Supreme Court, marks a shift in the discourse from forest management to forest governance. Questions of forest rights, responsibilities, regulatory structures, transparency and accountability have increasingly become central to the discourse. The need to democratize all these components of forest governance is being repeatedly articulated. This book highlights this shift in the discourse and analyses the complex issues involved in bringing about democratic governance of forests in India. The essays in this book review developments over the last two decades along four dimensions: forests for local management, forests for wildlife conservation, conversion to non-forest purposes, and the wider socio-economic context and how it poses challenges to the idea of democratic governance. The themes range from the relevance of the Joint Forest Management programme, the contribution of the Forest Rights Act, the complexities of the Godavarman case and the changes in the Wildlife Act to challenges posed by shifting cultivation, scientific versus traditional knowledge, and the effect of economic growth on forest dependence.

Index: 

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
INTRODUCTION
Forest Governance beyond Joint Forest Management, Godavarman, and Tigers, Sharachchandra Lele and Ajit Menon
I: GOVERNING FORESTS PRIORITIZED FOR LOCAL USE
1. What Is Wrong with Joint Forest Management?, Sharachchandra Lele
2. Adivasis, Pastoralists, and Forest Governance: Challenges and Opportunities, Sagari R. Ramdas
3. Undoing Historical Injustice: Reclaiming Citizenship Rights and Democratic Forest Governance through the FRA, Madhu Sarin
II: GOVERNING FORESTS PRIORITIZED FOR CONSERVATION
4. Views from the Podu: Approaches for a Democratic Ecology of India's Forests, Nitin D. Rai
5. Changing Paradigms in Wildlife Conservation in India, Neema Pathak Broome, Shiba Desor, Ashish Kothari, and Arshiya Bose
III: GOVERNING THE FOREST-NON-FOREST BOUNDARY
6. The Making of Forest (Re)Publics: Popular Engagement with Official Decision-making on Forest Conversions, Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon
7. Boundaries of Forest Lands: The Godavarman Case and Beyond, Shomona Khanna
IV: SOME CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES
8. Erasing the Swiddens: Shifting Cultivation, Land and Forest Rights in Odisha, Kundan Kumar
9. The Forest Rights Act, Northeast India, and Shifting Cultivators: A Commentary, Dhrupad Choudhury
10. Of Rights and Regeneration: The Politics of Governing Forest and Non-forest Commons, Prakash Kashwan and Viren Lobo
11. The Commons and Rural Livelihoods: Shifting Dependencies and Supra-local Pressures, Ajit Menon, Viren Lobo, and Sharachchandra Lele
Epilogue
Index
About the Editors and Contributors

About the author: 

Sharachchandra Lele is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Environment and Development, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bengaluru. Ajit Menon is Associate Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies.

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