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Promise, Trust and EvolutionManaging the Commons of South Asia$
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Rucha Ghate, Narpat Jodha, and Pranab Mukhopadhyay

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213832

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213832.001.0001

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A Tale of Three Villages: Practised Forestry in India

A Tale of Three Villages: Practised Forestry in India

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(p.122) 5 A Tale of Three Villages: Practised Forestry in India
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Promise, Trust and Evolution
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Rucha Ghate (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213832.003.0006

Forest management in India has become accommodative since the forest policy of 1988. Presently, three types of ‘collective action’ based institutions can be found: self-initiated, NGO-promoted, and government-sponsored Joint Forest Management (JFM). Despite their common goals of strengthening ecological security and meeting the subsistence biomass needs of the local people, they differ in their strengths and weaknesses. The basic argument is that rather than oscillating between a simplistic either/or model of ‘state’ or ‘village community’, there is a need to conceive of more complex arrangements in which forest areas are protected for multiple objectives, under the joint management of multiple institutions.

Keywords:   forest management, collective action, institutions, Joint Forest Management, India

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