National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers (NFFPFW)
& Delhi Solidarity Group (DSG)
Dear Comrade, 16/2/2008
Greetings from NFFPFW & DSG!
As you are aware, after a year-long delay ‘The Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Forest Rights) Act, 2006’ was notified by the Government of India on 1 January 2008. While this is a welcome step towards protecting and recognising the forest rights of hundreds and thousands of forest dwellers in the country, the Act is not without flaws that need to be addressed continuously.
We all know that this Act is an outcome of long and collective struggle towards ensuring a comprehensive legislation. Various movement based groups have come together thrashing out the minute details and putting across a strong voice on the rights of forest dwellers. Thus, while we all rallied together to get this legislation come to force, we have a much arduous role to play towards effective implementation of the Act on the ground.
While working with the people at the ground level on the forest rights issues, it is pertinent to remind ourselves that this is a part of the larger issue of livelihood and ownership of forest resources and there are much larger challenges hovering around implications of climate change, usurping of common property rights, destruction of natural forests in favor of plantations, and commodification of forest for global trade.
It is in this context, we would like to organize a two-day national consultation on the Forest Rights Act, 2006 in New Delhi with the objective to develop a collective understanding of the Act and to collectively strategize for its effective implementation on the ground. We take great pleasure in extending our invitation to you to participate in this consultation, share your experience & insights, build effective strategies and strengthen the effort. The details of the National Consultation are as follows:
Venue: Indian Social Institute, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Dates: 24-25 February 2008
The Concept note on Forest Rights Act Consultation in Hindi is attached with this mail.
In case you need accommodation in Delhi kindly let us know immediately.
The details about the programme will be sent to you via email as soon as they are finalised. A word of confirmation will be highly appreciated.
Looking forward to your active participation and support.
Munni Lal Vijayan MJ
Contact Address: Delhi Solidarity Group c\o F-10/12, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi 110017
Phone No.s : 011-26680883, 9868165471/ 9818147740
Read the concept note for FRA Consultation in English
Read the concept note for FRA Consultation in Hindi
Read the rules of Forest Act in English