Posted by: Bob Payne | September 9, 2011

Local Community Attitudes toward Forests Outside Protected Areas in India: Impact of Legal Awareness, Trust, and Participation

The success of long-term sustainable management of natural resources depends on local people’s support. Assessing local people’s attitudes, taking into account their needs, and respecting their opinions should become a management priority. In India, in the last 20 years, community needs and aspirations in forest management were handled through Joint Forest Management with varying degrees of success. Recently, the Forest Rights Act (2006) was passed to recognize and vest forest rights in forest dwelling communities. This major policy development is still in implementation, but little is known about how this devolution process will affect people’s attitudes toward forests. In this paper, we analyze associations between attitudes toward state controlled forests (Reserved Forests) and (i) awareness about the Forest Right Act, (ii) attitudes toward the State Forest Department, and (iii) participation in forest management groups of mostly tribal forest dwellers in the district of Kodagu (Karnataka).

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  1. Yes. Miles to go before we sleep. Much to be desired in implementation of programmes and laws, though there is quite a lot of awareness and concern in sustainable management of resources and participatory approaches required for it.


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