Tenure security in India has evolved and advanced appreciably since the inception of the Tenure Facility’s India Project Phase II– “Upscaling Community Forest Resource (CFR) Rights and governance in India”. The latent transformative potential of the Forest Rights Act (FRA) has found a ray of hope in its fruition through the outcomes of Phase II. It now aims to look beyond the temporary systems of sustenance and community development, creating a reformed outlook and approach towards rights over land and forest resources as enshrined in the FRA, as the basis for rebuilding and strengthening indigenous communities with significantly enhanced livelihoods forming new structures of community-controlled forest governance.
Proponents: Indian School of Business (ISB)
Society for Rural, Urban, and Tribal Initiative (SRUTI)
Stakeholders: Tribal/Indigenous Peoples and Other Traditional Forest Dependent Communities and approximately 2 million forest dependent people.
The second phase of the proposed project will accentuate the outcomes of Phase 1 by aiming at collaborative interventions with governments, businesses, and civil society organisations to significantly enhance the rate and scale of community rights recognition, thus creating sustainable livelihood opportunities of secured tenure. This will not only ensure the expansion of collective tenure security in India but also significantly contribute towards meeting India’s global “commitments/goals” for sustainable development.
The realisation of this Act concerning collective tenure will only be achieved if a synergistic approach towards linking multiple actors associated with the process of creating a socially, economically and ecologically equitable ecosystem for tribal/indigenous and other traditional forest-dwelling communities in the country is achieved. Phase 2 will aim to be exemplary in global knowledge-sharing specifically demonstrating the need for adopting collective tenure as a tool to achieve sustainability.
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