Collective Initiative to Protect the Forest Resources and Creating Ownership: A Story of Remote Villagers in Mayurabhanj of Odisha
Keywords:Community, Forest, Tribals, Traditional Forest Management, Protection, Collective Action, Ownership, Sustainability, Mandam
Since the ages, humans have been dependent on the forest for life, livelihood, companionship, and spiritual connection. Before the idea of the modern nation-state, the people, especially the forest dwellers, had access to the forest. The forest communities were managing the woods with their inherited knowledge and wisdom. The modern governance system restricted forest access and made it public good with more extensive state control. We have mixed experience with these government-managed forest resources. However, there are beautiful examples where the community has come forward to protect and manage forests by themselves or with minimal support from government institutes. The collective values, spiritual relationship, and management system are yet to be analyzed much. This article will highlight a remote village called Mandam in Eastern India to emphasise the role of the community in forest protection and management.
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