Experience of Participatory Forest Management in India: Lessons for Governance and Institutional Arrangements Under REDD+

  • Indu K. Murthy
  • Vinisha Varghese
  • Poornima Kumar
  • Sushma Sridhar
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Natural Resource Management book series (PSNRM)


Murthy et al. provide a historical background to forest management in India and how this should inform an inclusive Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) strategy for India. The chapter shows that India’s attempts at adopting community participation in forestry such as its Joint Forest Management programme have not been as successful as it could be. India’s REDD+ strategy would therefore need to have more effective participatory mechanisms, which are also flexible enough to integrate existing community forestry initiatives. The chapter also assesses REDD+ pilot programmes in India to deduce lessons that would strengthen India’s REDD+ strategy. The chapter provides recommendations not only for the success of REDD+ but also for the success of India’s various national programmes to increase forest cover and reduce its carbon emissions.



The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India, wherein this review study was conducted by the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Indu K. Murthy
    • 1
  • Vinisha Varghese
    • 1
  • Poornima Kumar
    • 1
  • Sushma Sridhar
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Sustainable TechnologiesIndian Institute of ScienceBengaluruIndia

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