Community Forestry Development in India

  • Ajit Kumar Banerjee
Part of the World Forests book series (WFSE, volume 1)


In India, forestry development paradigms, other than community based ones, have become anachronistic and should be rejected in order to make further headway. The present method of forestry development, referred to as a scientific management system has been practiced for the last 130 years. However this system is unable to sustain the quantity and quality of India’s forests and it thus fails to meet the demands of the rising local population for industrial wood, fuelwood and needs for non-wood products and recreation. The demand for roundwood in 1995 was 299 mill. m3(FA0 1997). The forest area has continued to contract (339 000 ha per year during the period 1981-1990; FAO 1993) and its quality and stock have degenerated. This, in turn, has encouraged soil erosion, floods, landslides, loss of biodiversity and loss of production.


Forest Department Community Forestry Degraded Forest Closed Forest Social Forestry 
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