The National Forest Policy (NFP) of 1988 marked a watershed in the way forests were perceived by the State Forest Departments.

There is an increasing interest in community-based forest management as a potential approch for improving forest governance. India is among the few countries in the world where such an approach - called Joint Forest Management (JFM)-has not only been successfully introduced but also achieved large-scale implementation, covering 18% of all state forests.

status: Five per cent of the state's forests are degrading every year potential: Regeneration of the degraded forests can create 120 million humandays of employment strategy: Open up the

Kashmir s economy is nothing but a sensitive and organised use of its ecology. After 15 years of living under the shadow of the gun, finally, when hope is making a comeback in the state, Kashmir will have to turn to its immense environmental resources to

Constitution and agenda declared for forestry panel

Two proposed moves that could drastically alter forest management in India

I would love to write a handbook on the Indian bureaucracy. But for now let me focus on a favourite, the yes minister technique. Do nothing, and then when pushed, unleash chaos. Nothing succeeds as

Government washes its hands off the Van Taungiyas of UP

Former teak smugglers become official forest guards

THE POLITICS OF COOPERATIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT Rajeev Ahal . Published by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development . Kathmandu . 2002 . 71 pages

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