Edited by Malavika VN
The Forest Rights Act (FRA) was created “to recognize and vest the forest rights and occupation in forest land in forest-dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers who have been residing in such forests for generations but whose rights could not be recorded”.
How does this play out in the eight Northeastern states of India?
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Today, Amba Jamir, Policy Analyst with Sustainable Forum Nagaland and Ayesha Khosla, DST-Inspire Research Fellow at GGS Indraprastha University shed light on two key aspects: the relationship that the local communities in the Northeast share with the forests, and what the relevance of the Act is for the region, from a policy and implementation perspective.