Deforestation in developing and middle income countries is an urgent global problem, affecting climate change, soil erosion, major river basins, and livelihoods of poor households living near the forests.

Community forest users here have been working actively in the management of local forests with a realisation that the forests belonged to them as their common property.

Forest: Forest authorities have suspended the formation of community forest since October 2013.

This is a report of the national level public hearing on community forest rights. The Public Hearing was organised by CFR-LA and AJAM along with other people’s networks and forums on the 14th of December 2013 at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi.

Nepal’s diverse landscape is presenting various forest management challenges, and the country has experienced significant forest lost over the years. Therefore, achieving sustainable forest management in the country is a major need to be addressed if national level REDD processes are to yield any benefits for Nepal.

As the demand for land intensifies, people and governments are facing increasing pressure on the access, management and governance of land and forests.

The Andhra Pradesh State of Forest Report gives a detailed view of the health of the notified Forests in the State on Annual basis. State of Forest Report 2013 is the fourth report in the series. It gives precise locations of the forest cover changes, assessed using LISS III data of 2010 & 2011 seasons up to Compartment level.

This report is a synthesis of two Adaptation Knowledge Platform studies that sought to understand the policy contexts for addressing climate change adaptation and key conservation issues in Nepal and Bhutan. These two Himalayan countries have significant commonalities and differences.

Regional Centre for Development Cooperation (RCDC) evolved as a civil society organization primarily with an objective of consolidating community stake in forest governance.

A national consultation on community forest rights (CFR) under the Forest Rights Act (FRA) was organized by Vasundhara and Kalpavriksh, in collaboration with the CFR Learning and Advocacy Group, and Oxfam India in the Indian Social Institute, from 16-17 March, 2013 in Delhi.

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