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Supreme Court continues its stay on eviction of lakhs of Forest Dwellers

ms for forest land rights have been rejected under the Forest Rights Act of 2006 The Supreme Court on Thursday continued its stay on the eviction of lakhs of Scheduled Tribes and other traditional Forest Dwellers whose claims for forest land rights have been rejected under the Forest Rights Act (FRA) of 2006. A Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra posted the case for hearing on November 26 and said the stay order first issued on February 28 would co

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Manisha Verma, principal secretary, tribal development department, Maharashtra interviewed by Sugandha Indulkar (The Times of India)

-The Times of India Manisha Verma, principal secretary, tribal development department, Maharashtra talks to Sugandha Indulkar about The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 and related issues, with today being World Tribal Day. * What’s the precise positioning of the tribal welfare departments at the Centre and states on FRA? This is a seminal legislation. The preamble to the

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The taproot of conservation justice -Ravi Chellam

-The Hindu Cutting down the Forests Right Act will only weaken the conservation regime and affect the rights of Forest Dwellers I have had the good fortune to work in, visit and learn about protected areas and wildlife habitats across India since 1980. Beginning in the late 1980s, I have written and spoken about the ecology and conservation of Indian wildlife to numerous and varied audiences. One question that is invariably asked by foreigners

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For Mawasi tribe in MP's Satna, limited access to forests results in livelihood loss and a generation forsaking tribal knowledge -Manish Chandra Mishra

mother, Mamta, has enough savings to buy provisions from the village market. This mother and daughter are not alone in the deprivation. Madhu and Mamta are part of the Mawasi tribe, a community of Forest Dwellers, with a population close to one lakh in Madhya Pradesh. According to statistics released by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the state has 21,437 Mawasi households. The Majhgawan Block in Satna district, where this story is reported from

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How a social justice tool became a means to grab land in India's forests -Shekar Dattatri

and animals are poised on the brink of extinction, we need to take all forest destruction very seriously The Forest Rights Act (FRA) was originally meant to redress historical injustice to genuine Forest Dwellers by conferring rights to traditionally occupied forest land. Following a multi-tier verification process, individual and community rights to approximately 72,000 sq km of forest land have been granted to claimants since 2008. However, the p

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Information recharge: Meet Devansh Mehta of CGnet Swara -Ishan Kukreti

ldquo;In the last week of Learn2Earnprogram, we received 7,000 calls. I wonder how many more people we could have reached had we continued,” he says, adding that 72 per cent of the callers were Forest Dwellers and more than 50 per cent of them did not know about FRA before calling. CGnet Swara still receives calls from people who say the FRA tutorial has helped them stop their eviction. The organisation replayed the experiment during the r

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Don't dilute the RTI and the forest rights Acts -Gautam Bhatia

the balance of power between the citizen and the State, to the benefit of the former. Similarly, the Forest Rights Act (FRA) recognises and guarantees the rights of indigenous people and traditional Forest Dwellers to forest land. Based upon the principle that ecological conservation is best achieved in cooperation with indigenous Forest Dwellers, and by recognising them as rights-bearers, the FRA takes aw

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New forest law would put framers of the colonial act to shame -Anup Sinha

ve forest (usually adjacent to a village) to be used by the local community. The upshot was clear: the government could ‘create’ forestland, exploit it according to need, and the original Forest Dwellers became trespassers in their own land, living at the mercy of forest officials. In the last four or five decades the environmental value of forests began to be better appreciated, but people continued to be left out of the discourse on c

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For the voices on the forest fringe -Anamitra Anurag Danda

s Act in the islands and declared that they would vote for candidates who support their cause. This demand was articulated by the Jana Sramajibi Manch, claiming to be an organization of fishermen and Forest Dwellers. The mangrove forests of the Sunderbans have no dwellers; nevertheless the JSM must be commended for spotting an opportunity and articulating the demands of forest-fringe dwellers who depend on ecosystem resources for livelihood. Forty-

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What's forest governance without local hand -Sharachchandra Lele Multilayered governance and involvement of Forest Dwellers in the decision making processes can go a long way in managing our forests better. The recent news on the forced eviction of more than 1,000,000 tribal and other forest-dwelling households from 16 states by a Supreme Court order has again brought the long-debated issue of the role of the state and the community in forest governance to the forefront. The order com

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