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Women’s Participation in Forestry: Some Theoretical and Empirical Issues

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  • Sarker, Debnarayan
  • Das, Nimai

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The Theoretical explanations that depend on WED, which focuses on the material role of women for women’s ‘closeness’ with nature, Ecofeminism, which emphasizes the natural and spiritual content of women for the same logic, and GAD, that firmly believes that gender-sensitive planning for JFM should be to find ways so that women can institutionalize the bargaining strength they have, are increasingly reflected in our National Forest Policy and in the JFM legislation of some of the States. This paper, in an attempt to examine the extent of women’s involvement in forestry and their role in JFM in West Bengal, a key precursor to the JFM concept for India, observes that despite women’s greater involvement in forestry, State JFM resolution has proved inadequate for ensuring their participation in community institutions. But the setting up of Female FPC in some areas of West Bengal by recent policy provisions has extended the scope of women’s active participation in Forest Management.

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  • Sarker, Debnarayan & Das, Nimai, 2001. "Women’s Participation in Forestry: Some Theoretical and Empirical Issues," MPRA Paper 14804, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Quiggin, John, 1993. "Common property, equality, and development," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 21(7), pages 1123-1138, July.
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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. Das, Nimai & Sarker, Debnarayan, 2008. "Benefit Relationship between Owner and User of Common Pool Resource: Evidence from Joint Forest Management Programme in West Bengal," MPRA Paper 15327, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Sarker, Debnarayan & Das, Nimai, 2004. "Social Capital and Joint Forest Management Programme: A Comparative Study on Female-headed and Joint Forest Protection Committees in West Bengal," MPRA Paper 14780, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2005.
    4. Das, Nimai, 2009. "Understanding of Social Capital in Gender-based Participatory JFM Programme: An Evidence from West Bengal," MPRA Paper 15304, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. 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.
    6. Das, Nimai, 2009. "Can Joint Forest Management Programme Sustain Rural Life: A Livelihood Analysis from Community-based Forest Management Groups," MPRA Paper 15305, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. Das, Nimai & Sarker, Debnarayan, 2008. "Social Capital and Network Externalities: Evidence from Gender Sensitive JFM Programme in West Bengal," MPRA Paper 15232, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    8. Das, Nimai & Sarker, Debnarayan, 2008. "Distributional Aspect of Forest Income: A Study on JFM and non-JFM Forest Dependent Households," MPRA Paper 15330, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Joint forest management; Gender sensitive forest management group; Bengal forest resource; Women's participation in forestry;

    JEL classification:

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

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