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Tribals present forest management plan

Forest dwellers inside Odisha’s Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) have put forward their own Community Forest Resource Management and Conservation (CFRMC) plan for vast forest stretches.

Campaigners advocating implementation of the Forest Rights Act say villagers’ plan submitted to the Mayurbhanj district administration last week will now be the basis of any management and conservation plan for STR. The district administration has also come forward to support the same.

The management plan submitted by forest dwellers of 21villages inside seems to be culmination of a long struggle which enabled them to secure community forest resource rights (CFR) over the forest they had been depending on.

The process to secure CFR rights under FRA started inside Similipal in 2008 and the distribution of CFR rights titles was completed last year. About 43 villages have got CFR recognised over an area of 24,782.22 ha of forestland inside the tiger reserve. After getting CFR, they have come forward to assert their management rights.

Created in 1973, the STR has core area of 303 sq km. In 1980, tiger reserve was expanded to 845.75 sq. km. There are about 61 villages located inside Similipal and about 1,200 villages on the periphery with a sizable population depending on the forest.

“This has opened a new chapter in the conservation of the protected areas and tiger reserves in the country as the conservation and management plans are prepared under FRA,” said Tushar Dash, a Bhubaneswar-based FRA campaigner.


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