FORESTS

Down to Earth - - COVER STORY -

To­tal area | 6.7 mil­lion ha Com­mu­nity own­er­ship | over 60%

CON­TENDERS

Cen­tre: Aligns with state poli­cies and gives enough con­trol to state for­est depart­ment to take de­ci­sions State: On pa­per, talks about com­mu­nity rights but in prac­tice plans to gain con­trol over com­mu­nity forests Com­mu­ni­ties: Be­lieve that they have ab­so­lute rights over forests and Cen­tre and state should not in­ter­fere

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