ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Scheduled Areas Need a Fresh Legal Perspective

The Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 and the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers Act of 2006 offer a great opportunity to provide equitable governance in tribal-dominated backward areas. But these laws are skeletons and need the flesh and sinews of operational rules and guidelines, removal of legal incongruencies to ensure a dignified tribal life and awareness campaigns on self-governance and community control over natural resources.

JFM in India: Some Legal Concerns

The debate on joint forest management in India has so far paid little attention to the validity and legality of JFM. Streamlining forestry management would involve addressing critical legal issues in various new practices before the manifestation of conflicts. On the resolution of such issues will also depend the extent of contribution of the people who are expected to participate in the JFM programme.

Forest Boundaries:Confusing Definitions

The complex terminology that categorises forests today has been changed and revised frequently over time. This has made for an uncreative confusion that obstructs management efforts.
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