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Democratizing Forest Governance in India

Sharachchandra Lele and Ajit Menon


The forest sector in India is currently going through an unprecedented churning. Every dimension of forest-related decision-making, including rights of local communities, conversion of forests to non-forest uses and setting aside forests for wildlife conservation, has become the subject of intense scrutiny, debate and change. The involvement of multiple actors, from local communities to the Supreme Court, marks a shift in the discourse from forest management to forest governance. Questions of forest rights, responsibilities, regulatory structures, transparency and accountability have increasin ... More

Keywords: forest governance, forest rights, forest policy, south Asia, India, participatory forest management, Godavarman case, protected areas, Forest Rights Act, Wildlife Act

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198099123
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharachchandra Lele, editor
Senior Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bengaluru

Ajit Menon, editor
Associate Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies

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Sharachchandra Lele Ajit Menon

I Governing Forests for Local Use

II Governing Forests for Conservation

4 Views from the Podu

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5 Changing Paradigms in Wildlife Conservation in India

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III Governing the Forest–Non-forest Boundary

7 The Making of Forest (Re)Publics

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IV Some Cross-cutting Issues

8 Erasing the Swiddens

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10 Of Rights and Regeneration

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11 The Commons and Rural Livelihoods

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