Protecting forests and securing customary rights through Community Forest Governance

Indigenous Peoples play a crucial role in defending and protecting their forest land rights. The passing of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act of 2006 is a positive step towards the recognition of indigenous forest dwellers’ land rights and their role in forest protection. In line with the new legislation, IWGIA has developed a community-based self-governance system for the management and protection of forests, called ‘Community Forest Governance’.

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Christina Nilsson (IWGIA) and Kirti Nishan Chakma (ILC Secretariat)