Strengthening local livelihoods and conservation

The passage of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006 (hereafter called Forest Rights Act or FRA) is a watershed event in the prolonged struggle of adivasis and other forest-dwellers of the country.

For the first time in the history of Indian forests, the State admits that rights have been denied to forest-dwelling people, and the law attempts not only to right that “historic injustice” but also give them a central role in forest management.

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Neema Pathak and Sreetama Guptbhaya are members of Kalpavriksh, based in Delhi and Pune respectively. Reshma Jathar is an independent researcher and journalist based in Mumbai.