Creating a grassroots institution for common forest resources management
Started in 1997 as an informal network of Forest Protection Committees, Van Utthan Sansthan (VUS) protects and manages 67,000 hectares of forestland in more than 240 villages in Udaipur (Rajasthan, India) under Joint Forest Management (JFM). VUS successfully engages tribal communities to work together to protect forests by improving common land and forest resources governance. VUS has addressed overgrazing, mining and illegal privatisation of forestlands. It has also been instrumental for achieving an increase in livelihood opportunities for communities.