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Joint Forest Planning & Management

Introduction

It has been the experience over several decades that damage to the forests due to various forms of biotic interference, namely, illicit cutting, grazing, fire and encroachment has increased over the years. In spite of several measures like increase in staff, communication network and increased intensive patrolling etc., the desired results have not been achieved. Keeping this in view, the State Government desires that the people living in the villages and adjoining the forests are actively involved in conservation, planning, protection, regeneration, development and management of degraded forests.

Further, the plantations raised in C and D lands, Gomal lands, tank foreshores, road sides, canal banks and other Government lands have been disappearing due to various reasons. There have been several conflicts on the use f common property resources, output derived from them and in the choice of species in afforestation programmes. To reverse these trends, the Government wishes to involve the people actively in the conservation, planning, protection, regeneration, development and management of these common property resources.

The Government has come to the conclusion that the above objectives can be achieved through a system of Joint Forest Planning and Management (JFPM) with the co-operation and involvement of the villagers. Non Government Organisations can help in catalyzing this movement.

Objectives

With a view to involving people towards the planning., protection, regeneration, development and management of forest areas and other Government lands degraded due to biotic pressures and to perform other similar duties, it is proposed that interested villagers in the village constitute themselves into Village Forest Committee (VFC).The formation, composition, duties and responsibilities, the mechanism of sharing of produce and other modalities of VFC are proposed.

Sharing of forest products

The total proceeds derived from the sale of forest produce shall be shared between the Government and the VFC as follows:

  1. Non Timber Forest Produce:
    1. 10% to Government
    2. 90% to VFC
      Out of the share of the VFC, a minimum of 50% shall go to the Village Forest Development Fund (VFDF) and the balance will be shared by the members of the VFC as dividends or will go to the Village Development Fund (VDF) as decided by the VFC.

  2. Other Forest Produce:
    From the assets created with the help of VFC:
    1. 25% to Government
    2. 75% to VFC
      Out of the share of the VFC, a minimum of 50% will go to the VFDF and the balance will be shared by the members of the VFC as dividends or will go to the VDF as decided by the VFC.

  3. From the assets created prior to formation of VFC including older fuel wood, fodder and small timber plantations but excluding Teak plantations:
    1. 50% to Government
    2. 50% to VFC
      Out of the share of the VFC, a minimum of 50% will go to the VFDF and the balance will be shared by the members of the VFC as dividends or will go to the VDF as decided by the VFC.

  4. From the natural growth prior to formation of VFC excluding valuable species viz., Sandalwood, Rosewood, Teak, Honne, Matti and Nandi subject to the provision of Working Plan prescriptions:
    1. 50% to Government
    2. 50% to VFC
      Out of the share of the VFC, a minimum of 50% is for the VFDF and the balance will be shared by the members of the VFC as dividends or will go to the VDF as decided by the VFC.

 
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