Protecting forests and securing customary rights through Community Forest Governance

Indigenous peoples are crucial in defending and protecting the forests they inhabit. With the passing of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act in 2006, India has taken a big step toward the recognition of indigenous forest dwellers’ rights to forest tenure and role in forest protection. In line with the new law, IWGIA has developed a community-based self-governance system for the management and protection of forests, called ‘Community Forest Governance’.


West Singhbhum and Jharkhand, India