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Context: The multifarious benefits of Community Forests Resource (CFR) Rights present compelling evidence for India to recognize and support CFR rights. Community forests with legally recognized rights are healthier and associated with lower deforestation rates, higher carbon storage and biodiversity compared to other forests.
Case Study of Banni Grassland
Legal Mandate of Community Forest Resource Rights (CFR) in India
Compelling reasons for India to recognize and support CFR rights
First, our forests are grappling with degradation, an important contributor to GHG emissions. More than 40 per cent of the forest cover is open, often degraded.
Second, it will help in meeting international commitments. India has committed to restore 26 million hectares of degraded forests and lands by 2030 under the Bonn pledge.
Third, India’s potential to remove carbon through forest restoration is among the highest in the Global South as per a 2020 study published in Nature, Ecology and Evolution.
Fourth, numerous past initiatives were severely criticized for poor focus on CFR that resulted in sub optimal outcomes.
These initiatives have drawn criticism for
Fifth, the recognition of CPR rights has happened at an extremely slow pace in the country. Less than 5 per cent of the total potential area has been brought under CFR. In Banni too, title deeds formally recognizing the CFR rights of the pastoralists are yet to be issued. Further, Institutional support for CFR remains minimal.
By: Shubham Tiwari ProfileResourcesReport error
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