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Community-Initiated Forest Management Without Land Tenure: How Feeble, How Strong? A Study of Three Villages from Central India

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dc.contributor.author Talwar, Deepshikha Mehra en_US
dc.contributor.author Ghate, Rucha en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:28:47Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:28:47Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2003-09-04 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2003-09-04 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/243
dc.description.abstract "In situations where human being and forest co-exist, sustainability of the resource largely depends upon the suitability of the Institution governing the common pool resource, but choice regarding the form of Institution for these commons depends on ideological, political and social background of a given country state. In India forests have been under state control for the past 150 years, but due of several reasons, one being its policy of exclusive management, it has proved to be inefficient. As a result, it has neither been able to maintain the existing forest cover nor increase the total area under forest. On the other hand, there are communities that have made self-initiated attempts to manage the resource. Some NGOs too have attempted to promote resource management among these communities. These successful independent attempts have lead to the acceptance by the State of community participation in forest management, which is reflected in programs like Joint Forest Management (JFM). Thus, collective action has become the main ingredient of any institution managing natural resources either promoted by an NGO, or a State Program or by a Self organized group. But none of these three collective action based regimes have any clear-cut land tenure rights transferred to communities. While JFM has arrangements for sharing profits in distant future, in the case of other two institutions the communities are investing in the form of labor and time in exchange of de facto usufructs only. This is so because all the forestland in Central India belongs to the Government. Present paper brings out the fact that despite the absence of land-tenure there is evidence of successful collective action in managing forests. However, its sustainability is questionable. The study is based on empirical work wherein data is collected from three villages, each representing an Institutional structure, located in forest-tribal rich Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, India." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject forest management--case studies en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject participatory management en_US
dc.subject joint management en_US
dc.subject collective action en_US
dc.title Community-Initiated Forest Management Without Land Tenure: How Feeble, How Strong? A Study of Three Villages from Central India en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country India en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Politics of the Commons: Articulating Development and Strengthening Local Practices en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates July 11-14, 2003 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Chiang Mai, Thailand en_US
dc.submitter.email lwisen@indiana.edu en_US

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