Democratizing Forest Governance in India

Hardcover | October 22, 2014

EditorSharachchandra Lele, Ajit Menon

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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 ofintense 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 haveincreasingly 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. Thethemes 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 ofeconomic growth on forest dependence.

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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 ofintense scrutiny, debate and change. The involv...

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.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:424 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.01 inPublished:October 22, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198099126

ISBN - 13:9780198099123

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List of Tables and FiguresAcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroductionSharachchandra Lele and Ajit Menon: Forest Governance beyond Joint Forest Management, Godavarman, and TigersI: Governing Forests Prioritized for Local Use1. Sharachchandra Lele: What Is Wrong with Joint Forest Management?2. Sagari R. Ramdas: Adivasis, Pastoralists, and Forest Governance: Challenges and Opportunities3. Madhu Sarin: Undoing Historical Injustice: Reclaiming Citizenship Rights and Democratic Forest Governance through the FRAII: Governing Forests Prioritized for Conservation4. Nitin D. Rai: Views from the Podu: Approaches for a Democratic Ecology of India's Forests5. Neema Pathak Broome, Shiba Desor, Ashish Kothari, and Arshiya Bose: Changing Paradigms in Wildlife Conservation in IndiaIII: Governing the Forest-Non-forest Boundary6. Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon: The Making of Forest (Re)Publics: Popular Engagement with Official Decision-making on Forest Conversions7. Shomona Khanna: Boundaries of Forest Lands: The Godavarman Case and BeyondIV: Some Cross-cutting Issues8. Kundan Kumar: Erasing the Swiddens: Shifting Cultivation, Land and Forest Rights in Odisha9. Dhrupad Choudhury: The Forest Rights Act, Northeast India, and Shifting Cultivators: A Commentary10. Prakash Kashwan and Viren Lobo: Of Rights and Regeneration: The Politics of Governing Forest and Non-forest Commons11. Ajit Menon, Viren Lobo, and Sharachchandra Lele: The Commons and Rural Livelihoods: Shifting Dependencies and Supra-local PressuresEpilogueIndexAbout the Editors and Contributors