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New Forestry Initiatives in Himachal Pradesh

Minkesh Paul Sood

Report/paper, 24 pages

Responding to lessons learnt from attempts to resolve its conflicting roles of extension and policing, certain sections of the state Forest Department in Himachal Pradesh, India, initiated change and gradually adopted a Joint Forest Management approach. This paper describes the careful preparation that was undertaken, and the challenges of institutional reorientation as the Forest Department began collaboration with communities. The paper highlights the existence of a range of perspectives and enthusiasms at various levels of the Department and the very real structural impediments to adopting new ways.

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