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Forest Rights in the North East

Most of the North East enjoys unbridled authority over forests unlike the rest of the country, free from state control under the debilitating impact of the colonial-era Indian Forest Act, 1927. Therefore, the Forest Rights Act, 2006 is perceived as irrelevant. But, the sweeping expansion of how “forest” is defined in law by the Supreme Court and its proposed incorporation into the Indian Forest Act threatens the customary forest rights of these peoples.

Conservation Efforts are Unlikely to Succeed Without Addressing Human-Wildlife Conflict

Managing human-wildlife conflict in India will involve addressing the power structures that exist between the forest department and the local population.

Turning the Tide in Forest Rights?

Evaluating the arguments and the rationale behind an order of the Gauhati High Court, this article points out that much of it goes against the spirit of the Forest Rights Act, which sees a role for forest-dwelling communities in wildlife conservation.
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