Category Archives: Forest Rights Act (FRA)

Our forests are ours again. In 2006, the government finally accepted the historical injustice meted out to Adivasis and passed the Forest Rights Act thus recognizing our rights to forests. – Adivasi Munnetra Sangam (photo caption, 2017 calendar)
Though the institution of Forest Rights Act is a policy action on the part of governments, local mobilisation among Tribal population, and non-governmental organisations have played an important role in its effective implementation. This area [the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra] has witnessed different forms of social mobilization under leaders coming from tribal communities. – Prof. V. Santhakumar (Azim Premji University, “It is possible to have a better life for Scheduled Tribes in India!”, 4 May 2018)
The Act makes concrete provisions to allow adivasis to enter the forest and continue using forest produce, on which they have depended for generations [like] the basket that was once woven in bamboo that was collected from the forest is now being replaced by plastic ones bought from the market. – Priyashri Mani (“Home is where the forest is”, Accord Gudalur)

Research on tribal communities, their customs, languages and rights facilitated by Indian universities: PhD theses published on Shodhganga (public access)

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The role of tribal communities in promoting organic farming and safeguarding rights on forest land: Athakoshia Adivasi Ekta Manch – Odisha

How Tribal Women of Odisha Have Made Farming Organic, Profitable & Life-Changing | Read the full article and view more images >> Basudev Mahapatra, Thebetterindia.com, July 13, 2017 Tribal communities in Sundargarh district of Odisha have revived the traditional practice … Continue reading

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“Community participation should be appropriately rewarded”: Climate change and biodiversity – Madhya Pradesh

What does climate change mean for forests and biodiversity?An assessment of the impact of climate change on forest ecosystems in Madhya Pradesh indicates that, in the short-term, about 23% of the State’s forested area could be affected; over the longer … Continue reading

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Tips | Nature, wildlife and more

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Tip | Health and the nutritional value of indigenous grains, seeds and millets: “The tribal food basket has always been ­diverse and nutritious”

By Damayanti Datta | Read the full article >> Despite designing the world’s earliest and largest schemes on hunger and malnutrition, having surplus grains and food wastage, millions of Indians go to sleep hungry every night. It’s an invisible emergency … Continue reading

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