Community participation emerged as the defining principle of forest policies all over the world in the closing decades of the last century. In India, this came about after the Indian forest policies went through different stages from largely commercial-centric to a community-oriented approach.

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This paper considers the extent to which the Forest Rights Act 2006, potentially the most comprehensive institutional reform of forest rights in India since Independence, may ameliorate the high levels of chronic and acute poverty in forested areas of Andhra Pradesh.

This paper assesses the extent to which the Forest Rights Act 2006, the most significant institutional reform of rights in forested landscapes since Independence, is
being implemented across West Bengal, and whether it is contributing to the alleviation of the chronic and acute poverty prevalent in these areas of the state.

Bhopal: With a view to ensuring effective role of forest committees for regeneration and conservation of forests in the state, new Nav Vihan Yojna has been chalked out. Under this scheme the forest department, within the next five years, will be given skill development training to 1 lakh 73 thousand tribal villagers associated with the forest department, spending Rs 12 crore 58 lakh.

Afforestation and regeneration of degraded forests have been the prime objectives of all forestry activities undertaken by the Forest Department since inception. Poverty reduction and sustainable livelihoods are the two most important issues in JFM.

This paper attempts a comparative analysis of three carbon management studies (two project design documents and a feasibility study) which seek to benefit community level institutions for their forest management and conservation efforts.

Convergence between any two schemes is a mutually beneficial proposition. That is why joint guidelines were issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Ministry of Rural Development on January 9, 2009, to usher in convergence efficiently and effectively.

This paper considers the relationship between the historical emergence of colonial forestry institutions in forest areas of Andhra Pradesh and the chronic poverty of people living there.