Millions of people live in and near India’s forest lands, but have no legal right to their homes, lands or livelihoods. A few government officials have all power over forests and forest dwellers. The result? Both forests and people die. This Act recognises forest dwellers’ rights and makes conservation more accountable. | Read more >>
[…] For the first time, this law also gives the community the right to protect and manage the forest. Section 3(1) (i) provide a right and a power to conserve community forest resources, while section 5 gives the community a general power to protect wildlife, forests, etc. This is vital for the thousands of village communities who are protecting their forests and wildlife against threats from forest mafias, industries and land grabbers, most of whom operate in connivance with the Forest Department.
Source: What is the Forest Rights Act about?
Address : https://www.forestrightsact.com/what-is-this-act-about
Date Visited: 31 July 2020
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Forest dwellers in early India – myths and ecology in historical perspective: The forest was never far away from habitation. For instance, excavations of the settlements at Atranjikhera and Hastinapur, which are not too far from Delhi, have yielded evidence of a large variety of forest trees. The Buddhist Canon states that aside from the village and its outskirts, the rest of the land is jungle. Travelling from one town to another meant going through a forest. Therefore, when in exile, the forest was not a physically distant place, although distant in concept. – Romila Thapar (Emeritus Professor of History, Jawaharlal Nehru University) | Continue reading: https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=5851
Laws relating to forest protection in India a study with special reference to rights of forest dwellers
PhD thesis by Manleen Kaur (Department of Law, Panjab University 2017)
The present study relates to the legislations concerning forest protection and recognition of the rights forest dwellers. This study has tried to understand the problems faced by forest dwellers. It has endeavours to study the reasons behind the degredation of environment even though a pack of forest legislations exist. The questions which have been addressed in the research work are: firstly whether the existing laws ensure a greener tomorrow and secondly whether they give adequate opportunity to the forest dwellers to recognize forest rights and avail formal benefits.
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