Use of the Forest Rights Act to secure access to ancestral land and forest

This case study recounts the successful struggle of 125 Adivasi (indigenous) and Dalit (untouchable) families of the Doliambo village in Odisha, India, for legal recognition of entitlement to their ancestral land and forests, which had been denied since colonial times. In 2006, the Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, also known as the Forest Rights Act, was passed. Trócaire and local organisations increased awareness on this Act and provided technical support to communities to apply for formal recognition of entitlement to their ancestral land and forests.

Emplacement

Location: 
Doliambo village, Koraput district, Odisha, India
Timeline: 
2011-2014