Strengthening Community Institutions for Sustainable Forests and Livelihoods: Action-Learning Pilot Program in Rampur Landscape
This report discusses the objectives, activities, and key findings of the Forest-PLUS Action-Learning Pilot Program (ALPP) in the Rampur landscape. Objectives of the ALPP were: to enhance local community’s stake in sustainable forest management; to strengthen Joint Forest Management Committees (JFMCs) and explore stronger linkages with Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI); and to empower marginalized forest-dependent groups, such as poor women.
Activities undertaken as part of the ALPP include: stakeholder consultations; exploratory studies; field surveys; capacity building and organization; and sustainable forest management interventions. This ALPP implementation led to several positive outcomes, including: reviving the dialogue and discussion on community participation among key stakeholder groups; an improved understanding of the current and potential role of PRIs, especially related to their legal position in the forestry sector; capacity building and direct training for over 500 community members; the empowerment of marginalized forest-dependent women; among others.
This report concludes with key lessons that resulted from the ALPP experience in the Rampur landscape and ways in which JFMCs can be strengthened to improve forest management and local livelihoods.