Media Invite: International workshop on community forestry

January 27, 2015

In collaboration with Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), Washington DC and Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development (SPWD), New Delhi, invites you to a

Workshop on Community Forestry in India – Challenges and Opportunities in the light of lessons from Mexico and Nepal

January 23, 2015, 9:30 am – 6 pm at

Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

Mexico and Nepal have made great progress in recognising forest rights of indigenous people. The lessons are important for India especially in the context of the Indian government pushing for the dilution of forest rights act (FRA). Also, forests are often perceived as unproductive assets, waiting only be chopped and diverted for non-forest use. 

Speakers and panellists include experts from CSE, Mexico, Nepal, RRI Washington DC and grassroots activists from India working on forest rights. Sunita Narain, Director General of CSE, will chair the concluding session. Please see the detailed agenda below.

Media registration is free and on-site. 

For more information on the workshop, please contact Souparno Banerjee, souparno@cseindia.org/ 0091-9910864339

To read more about forest governance in Mexico, please visit: http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/forestry-mexican-way


Programme Schedule

9.30 AM: Registration

10 AM: WELCOME AND OVERVIEW SESSION  

Chair:
Mr. Arvind K. Khare, Executive Director, RRG

Welcome Address: Dr. I.P. Abrol, Chairman, SPWD

Objectives of the Workshop: Ms. Madhu Sarin

Overview on community forestry in India: Ms. Madhu Sarin

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10.45 AM: Tea

11.00 AM: TECHNICAL SESSION I 

Chair: Mr. Kundan Kumar

Study of Community forestry in Nepal and its lessons for India: Ms. Safia Aggarwal

Comments on Ms Safia Agarwal’s study based on experience of Community Forestry in Nepal: Mr. Ghan Shyam Pandey

Discussion on learnings for India

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1.00 PM: Lunch

2.00 PM: TECHNICAL SESSION II  

Chair: Mr. Arvind K Khare

Community forestry in Mexico and its lessons for India : Mr. Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava, CSE

Comments on Mr. Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava’s study based on experience of Community Forestry in Mexico: Mr. Jose Carlos Fernandez

Discussion on learnings for India

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4.00 PM: Tea

4.15 PM: CONCLUDING SESSION 

Chair: Ms. Sunita Narain, Director General, CSE

Panel discussion - Policy implications and relevance of experiences in Nepal and Mexico for India

• Overview of the day’s discussions

• Institutional and governance challenges at the Government and Community levels

Follow up action on issues emerging from the workshop

5.45 PM: Vote of Thanks

 

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