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India’s new and heavily forested state of Chhattisgarh is home to some of its most marginalized communities, whose traditional ways of living from forest products are under threat from encroachment by mining and other activities. Oxfam India has supported a local partner NGO, Chaupal, to help forest communities to take advantage of the implementation gap between this reality and the provisions of progressive legislation, the Forest Rights Act (2006). Early results are extremely positive, with dozens of villages winning new forest and grazing rights under the Act.
This case study evaluates the Chhattisgarh Community Forest Rights Project, India in order to explore how change happens and inform future programme design and ways of working. This publication forms part of a series of Active Citizenship Case Studies.
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