Natural Resource Management
01 Apr 2015 - 31 Mar 2016
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The objective of this evidence based advocacy process is to facilitate learning and experiences among stakeholders on FRA and reinforce national level efforts for evidence-based advocacy on Community Forest Rights under the Forest Rights Act.
About the Project:
The objective of CFR-LA process is to facilitate exchange of information and experiences and reinforce national level efforts for evidence-based advocacy on Community Forest Rights under the Forest Rights Act.
Outcome: facilitate a CFR learning and advocacy process at the national level which would support government and non-government initiatives and would lead to increased capacity and actions on community claims, recognition and governance and management of claimed CFRs.
Results to be Achieved:
- Increased coordination among various civil society groups, government agencies and community representatives engaged in implementation of and advocacy related to CFRs at state and national levels
- Strengthening the CFR-LA platform
- Increased awareness and capacity of the communities, civil society organizations and government agencies for facilitation of CFRs through information and experience sharing, learning, consultation and capacity building programs
- Capacity building workshops for partners/CSOs
- Increased policy response from ministries and state governments on facilitation of CFR through evidence based research
- National Convention on CFRs: To highlight the issues of Community Forest Rights (CFR) under the Forest Rights Act, members of the Community Forest Rights-Learning and Advocacy process (CFR-LA) along with other networks and people’s forums organized a National Level Convention on 16th of December, 2014 at the Indian Social Institute, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. Over 150 participants from states of Odisha, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, including tribal and forest dwelling community members, researchers, activists as well as people’s representatives participated in the convention. The Union Secretary of MoTA attended the convention and addressed to the key issues relating to diversion of forest land, recognition of CFR, minor forest produce.
- Meeting of CFR-LA members: The national convention was followed by a one day meeting of the CFR LA members on 17th December to discuss on follow-up actions on the key issues and collective strategies.
- National Consultation on dilution of FRA in Forest Diversion process: In light of the dilutions of several laws, circulars and procedures related to environmental and forest clearances in the year 2014, it was felt that there was a need to facilitate an urgent dialogue among various national level groups, researchers, lawyers and Civil Society groups working on the FRA to build strategies to deal with these dilutions through collective capacities. An initial dialogue was organized in Delhi in October 2014 to address these issues.
- A national consultation was organized in October 2014 with the participation of key national networks and organizations to discuss on the proposed dilution of FRA. Joint petition was made to the central government on the issue of dilution of the FRA.
- Workshop on governance and management of CFR: A two days workshop was organized by Vasundhara and Kalpavriksh at Nagpur on 27th and 28th July 2014 to discuss the key issues, challenges and way ahead that have emerged in the post-rights management of CFRs. Civil society groups and organizations from the states of Odisha, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh who have taken initiative on CFR management participated in the workshop. As a follow up of the discussions the issue of notification of Village Forest Rules was taken up by the organizations and led to intervention by the MoTA. The MoTA has examined the legality of the village forest rules and has issued letters to the state government of Maharashtra to withdraw the village forest rules as the rules contradict with the provisions of the FRA.
- As part of the CFR studies a national overview on status of CFR in different states has been prepared on the basis of primary and secondary information. Detailed case studies have been prepared for the states of Odisha, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh. The reports and case studies discuss about the status of implementation of CFR provisions and provide information on the key initiatives taken by the communities and civil society organizations. The studies also focus on the developments and initiatives on CFR management post recognition of the rights.
- Forest Diversion and FRA compliance: The study on the forest diversion and FRA has been followed up with collection of information and case studies from different states. The draft will be shared by 20th May.
- Toolkit from documentation of post CFR practices. The toolkit is yet to be completed.
LEARNING WORKSHOP FOR CSO PARTNERS:
- A Workshop was organized for CSO partners from the states of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, MP, Maharashtra, AP to provide orientation on the CFR developments and on the process of delineation and mapping of the CFR using GIS/GPS technology. The learning workshop was followed up by the CSO partners particularly in the states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.