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The Scam of Joint Forest Management

Joint Forest Management is often touted as a “participatory” success and a revolutionary scheme that has decentralised India’s forest management. In practice, however, most JFM Committees are in fact proxies of the Forest Department and are neither participatory nor democratic in their functioning. Meanwhile, the Environment Ministry is pushing JFM at the expense of actual community control. See our background note and our press statements for more information.