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Women's dependence on forest and participation in forestry: A case study of joint forest management programme in West Bengal

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The study examines extent of women's dependence on forest and their participation in gender sensitive planning of joint forest management programme in West Bengal, where the provincial government made pioneer attempt during early 1990s by establishing separate female forest management unit to accommodate women's preference, needs, knowledge and values on forest resources providing separate provision in institutions. It suggests that women's participation in their own management unit is substantially higher than men's in the general (joint) forest management unit, and the former ensures women's major contribution to their household's income with women's greater physical involvement in forestry works.

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  • Das, Nimai, 2011. "Women's dependence on forest and participation in forestry: A case study of joint forest management programme in West Bengal," Journal of Forest Economics, Elsevier, vol. 17(1), pages 67-89, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:foreco:v:17:y:2011:i:1:p:67-89
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    1. Jana, Sebak Kumar & Lise, Wietze & Ahmed, Mamtajuddin, 2014. "Factors affecting participation in joint forest management in the West Bengal state of India," Journal of Forest Economics, Elsevier, pages 317-332.
    2. Sunderland, Terry & Achdiawan, Ramadhani & Angelsen, Arild & Babigumira, Ronnie & Ickowitz, Amy & Paumgarten, Fiona & Reyes-GarcĂ­a, Victoria & Shively, Gerald, 2014. "Challenging Perceptions about Men, Women, and Forest Product Use: A Global Comparative Study," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 64(S1), pages 56-66.
    3. Kumar, Pradeep & Kant, Shashi, 2016. "Revealed social preferences and joint forest management outcomes," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 72(C), pages 37-45.

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