Forest Rights Act, 2006: Past, Present and Future
Updated: Aug 12, 2019
Authored by: Isha Tyagi
The Forest Rights Act, 2006, was enacted to recognise occupancy rights and the use of forest produce as a source of livelihood entitlements for forest dwelling tribes and other forest dwellers.
Despite these efforts, only 7.1% of the recorded forest area has been distributed as land titles to recipients under the FRA. Further, in the last 10 years, only 3% of the minimum potential of Community Forest Resource rights could be achieved. This paper investigates the challenges inherent in recognising forest rights, as well as the larger debate surrounding their implementation.
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