Sustainable Management of Non-Timber Forest Products Through Community Institutions: Action-Learning Pilot Program in Shivamogga Landscape
This report documents the Forest-PLUS experience of an Action-Learning Pilot Program (ALPP) on sustainable management of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) through community institutions in Shivamogga landscape, Karnataka.
The specific objectives of the ALPP included:
- To strengthen community forest management institutions through participatory approach for sustainable management of NTFPs.
- To develop scalable institutional models for sustainable management of NTFPs with the focus on forest conservation and NTFP-based sustainable livelihoods.
- To strengthen policies for sustainable management of NTFPs through improved forest governance and to ease harvest and transit restrictions of forest products for improvement of forest-dependent communities.
A number of learning points emerged from the experience of ALPP implementation. The involvement of community institutions, for example, can help in promoting sustainable management of NTFP resources, and it is important to gain a good understanding of the resource as well as local people’s relation with it to develop a good management plan.