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Historical Relevance of Joint Forest Management Proggramme and the Key Elements of its Sustainability: An Evidence from Western Midnapore Division in West Bengal


  • Sarker, Debnarayan
  • Das, Nimai


While investigating the historical perspective of joint forest management (JFM) programme, this paper observes that the resistance movement of forest communities in western Midnapore division in West Bengal, which acted as key precursor to JFM programme in India through a June 1990 Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF) circular based upon, to a large extent, the successful experience of joint management in Arabari hills, under this division, have been mobilized by the poor forest communities from long past for their community right on their forest resources in connection with the immediate survival needs. The study of existing four-forest protection committees (FPCs) of this area also confirms that this immediate survival needs generating mainly from non-timber forest products’ (NTFPs) income of FPC members are the key element for the sustainability of JFM.

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  • Sarker, Debnarayan & Das, Nimai, 2004. "Historical Relevance of Joint Forest Management Proggramme and the Key Elements of its Sustainability: An Evidence from Western Midnapore Division in West Bengal," MPRA Paper 14781, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:14781

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    1. Sarker, Debnarayan & Das, Nimai, 2001. "Women’s Participation in Forestry: Some Theoretical and Empirical Issues," MPRA Paper 14804, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Crabbe, Philippe J. & Long, Ngo Van, 1989. "Optimal forest rotation under monopoly and competition," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 17(1), pages 54-65, July.
    3. Baland, Jean-Marie & Platteau, Jean-Philippe, 2000. "Halting Degradation of Natural Resources: Is There a Role for Rural Communities?," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198290612.
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    1. Sarker, Debnarayan, 2009. "Sustainable Rural Livelihoods under Joint Forest Managment (JFM) Programme: An Evidence from West Bengal, India," MPRA Paper 33447, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Debnarayan Sarker & Nimai Das, 2008. "A Study of Economic Outcome of Joint Forest Management Programme in West Bengal: The Strategic Decisions between Government and Forest Fringe Community," Indian Economic Review, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, vol. 43(1), pages 17-45, July.
    3. Sarker, Debnarayan & Das, Nimai, 2007. "Efficiency of Market Behaviour of NTFPs for Households under JFMP: A Case Study in West Bengal," Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, vol. 62(1).
    4. Das, Nimai & Sarker, Debnarayan, 2006. "Reforms in Forest Management in West Bengal: A Game of Strategic Profile," MPRA Paper 14803, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2007.

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    Joint forest management (JFM); Historical perspective of JFM; Non-timber forest products; Bengal forest resource;

    JEL classification:

    • Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry


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