Information for G00409
Himachal Pradesh forest sector review. Main Report
Himachal Pradesh’s forests, and the people dependent on them, are experiencing new types of change, at ever-increasing rates. Yet the policy and institutional framework has not changed to the same degree, with the result that systems for ensuring that all needs for forest goods and services are met are now inadequate. Recognising this, the Himachal Pradesh Forest Department (HPFD) called for a comprehensive Forest Sector Review (FSR). The Review aims to provide a basis of information and consensus on which to build the future policies and strategies of the HPFD and other key institutions, so that they meet the needs of key forest stakeholders and ensure sustainable management of forest resources, integrating forest sector planning with socioeconomic development. The FSR looks at the whole sector from many stakeholders’ perspectives – and not merely at forests from a foresters’ perspective, or at the HPFD from an officer’s perspective. Hence the FSR looks forward to a sustainable future, and not merely backward at the impacts of previous policies. It points to the need for basic principles for the sector’s future, for a strengthened and participatory institutional framework at state and local levels, and for shared new policy objectives. The FSR has been based firmly on a twin -track approach of multi-stakeholder consultations and multi-disciplinary analysis. This has helped not only to get better information from key informants, but also to stimulate a strategic series of informed debates between these stakeholders on the policy and institutional issues affecting the forest sector.