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.

An Act further to amend the Rajasthan Forest Act, 1953. This Act may be called the Rajasthan Forest (Amendment) Act, 2012.

The West Singhbhum district in Jharkhand is considered to be one of the richest in terms of forest resources and biodiversity and also minerals. Concerns have been raised on the impact of mining activities on the wildlife and the people. There are site specific Wildlife Management Plans and EIA Reports for the mining areas.

This working paper builds on a study of REDD+ policies in 13 countries to provide a global overview and up‑to‑date profile of benefit‑sharing mechanisms for REDD+ and of the political‑economic factors affecting their design and setting.

The present issue of Forestry Statistics India encompasses data pertaining to four years, 2006-07 to 2009-2010. The publication presents data in seven sections dealing with Forest Resource, Establishment, Production, Wildlife, Social and Economic Aspects, Trade and Silviculture. The new feature in this report includes summarization of data into graphs for better understanding of trends, pictorial representation of activities in the forestry sector and brief write-up in the beginning of each section.

The objective of the study was to understand both the ground level situation of CFR implementation and major policy level developments that may be obstructing or strengthening the provision of CFRs, and to provide an assessment based on the collected information about the same.

Persistence and Change: Review of 30 years of Community Forestry in Nepal” is the first national study of the impacts of community forestry since the initiation of community forestry over 30 years ago. The study draws on a wealth of data and analysis and represents an important milestone for community forestry.

This study has been done to understand the impact of implementation of Forest Rights Act on the change, after 2005, in tree cover/vegetation and land use in the forest lands under Forest Right’s claims as well as in those with finally recognized ‘Forest Right’ of cultivation.

The Forest Rights Act 2006 recognises and secures Community Rights/Community Forest Resources of the communities, in addition to their Individual Rights. The Act came into force from 2008, after FRA rule was framed.

Extensive experimental research has been devoted to the study of behaviour related to public goods, common-pool resources and other social dilemmas. In a majority of these studies, it is found that subjects tend to cooperate if they are allowed to communicate and make their own rules of use. In the context of the Forest Rights Act, 2006, a number of questions are being raised at public forums. Are communities capable of managing a valuable resource like a forest? Will transfer of authority not result in large-scale deforestation?