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Implications of Indian Foresters' Perspectives of Joint Forest Management

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Sood, Kamal Kishor; Gupta, Hemant Kumar
Journal: Small-Scale Forestry
Volume: 6
Date: 2007
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2553
Sector: Forestry
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): forest management
Abstract: "A study was conducted in Kullu district in the province of Himachal Pradesh in Indian Western Himalaya, to investigate the perceptions of Indian foresters about aspects of forest management relevant for effective Joint Forest Management (JFM). A lack of uniform understanding was found amongst forestry staff about almost all the studied issues pertaining to JFM. A need is identified to emphasise social aspects in the training of the foresters (including in-service training), along with the existing silvi-technical aspects. For JFM success, measures need to be devised to reduce the political interference in JFM, reduce hierarchical rigidity, and increase interaction between field staff and the administrative hierarchy. Strategies should be devised to make JFM participants as well as forestry staff equally responsible to honour their commitments with respect to JFM."

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