Indigenous people share special bondage with their land and have a distinctive culture, tradition and knowledge system. In India, there are more than 700 ethnic groups officially recognized as Scheduled Tribes (STs) and many more which are yet not officially recognized. The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (FRA) is significant legislation that intends to address the historic injustice.
This #DakshaMasterclass which was on the International Day of Indigenous People (09-AUG-20) takes a stock of the FRA implementation and explores its effectiveness.
The session focused by our Faculty, Dr Suchithra Menon focused on the following:
- An overview of Indigenous rights in India – Legal and policy developments
- Forest Rights Act 2006 and the paradigm shift in forest law
- Bureaucratic tangle and lack of accountability
- Dilution of forest governance legislative framework
- Significance of adaptive co-management for forest rights governance