Involving indigenous people in environmental governance

Our faculty, Abhishek Chakravarty discuses The Sixth Schedule of the Constitution and its uniqueness in conferring the autonomy and right to self-governance to indigenous people living in parts of north-eastern India.

Customary practices of the North East’s tribal population are harmonious with nature. Extensive recognition and conferment of rights over the forest are belated legislative actions

In most indigenous societies, people believe humans and nature are deeply connected and inter-dependent, almost like kin to one another. Indigenous people across the world have often been regarded as exemplars of environmentally sustainable living. The impact of their subsistence livelihoods was apparently kept in check by customary laws to ensure they lived by the laws of nature.

Solutions to a lot of current environmental problems lie in these traditions. These marginalised groups are gaining recognition as vital stewards of our environment and are gaining a role in environmental governance due to their unique traditions and laws, amid depleting resources.

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