Center for Peoples Forestry (CPF)

Project Theme

Natural Resource Management

Target Group

Others

Project Period

01 Apr 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

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Introduction

The project is proposed to be implemented in 20 villages of Telkoi Block, Keonjhar District. Keonjhar is a land locked district situated in the northern part of Odisha State. It is surrounded by Singhbhum district of Jharkhand in the North, Jajpur in the South, Dhenkanal, Angul and Sundargarh in the West and Mayurbhanj and Bhadrak in the East. The district has rich natural resources with abundant forest, rivers, mountains, and mineral deposits i.e. iron ore.The geographical location of the project is very critical considering the fact that it is one of the districts affected by the mining activities. The region is bestowed with rich natural resources: abundant forest, river, waterfalls and mineral deposit like iron ore. About 2,525.08 sq km of area is under forest. Telkoi block covers approx 841.69 sq.km of forest area with Total population of 86,498 where tribal population is 44, 518 which is 50 percent of the total population of the block. Mainly the tribals Bhuyan, Bhumij, Gond, Ho, Juang, Kolha(Kol), Munda, Oraon, Santal, Saora, Sabar and Sounti are inhabitants of this location.

25601 tribal individual  are eligible for IFR title land  in the block 25.Till date 10500 IFR titles have been issued to the claimant, against 12058 submitted claims , i.e. 59 percent of tribal household have not received the titles. And Out of 145 tribal villages only 36 villages under PESA gram sabha have applied for community rights and 22 have received community titles. I.e. 85 percent have not received community rights. Further none of the villages have received community resource right (CFR) under form C for management and conservation of resources.   

 

About the Project: 

The Present project will focus on enabling communities to receive Individual forest rights and community forestry rights (CFR) under the Forest Right Act (FRA) by facilitating the claim submission with adequate policy and advocacy support to realise this objective.

 

Specific objectives for the project are enlisted below:

  1. Ensuring forest and land right to all eligible forest dweller and habitations as per the provisions of FRA 2006 for improved livelihood.
  2. Undertake advocacy initiatives (Networking and lobbying with various state players )for raising awareness on FRA among administration, district and state forest and tribal department, CBOs and communities 

 

Thematically the project will be embedded to the principles of community rights, livelihoods, improved governance and sustainability of the effort.

The project is for the duration of nine months only April 2016 – December 2016. In Odisha, the field interventions would be limited to Kendujhar district, but the advocacy efforts will cover a wider geography during the project duration. In Kendujhar, we intent to work in three GP of Telkoi block; all of which are under PESA (Schedule V) areas

 

Results to be Achieved:

  • 100 Percentage of eligible individual and Gram Sabha to be facilitated for submission of claims under IFR , and CR &CFR
  • 50 Percentage of claimant received titles
  • 20 resolutions passed by Grama sabhas and FRC formed in every village
  • FRC members of 20 villages trained on GPS mapping
  • Questions are raised by the legislative members in the legislative assembly