Journal Article

Impact of Participatory Forestry Program on Sustainable Rural Livelihoods: Lessons From an Indian Province

Nimai Das

in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 34, issue 3, pages 428-453
Published in print September 2012 | ISSN: 2040-5790
Published online March 2012 | e-ISSN: 2040-5804 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aepp/pps018

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This paper examines how rural livelihoods are improved owing to the impact of policy interventions through community-driven forest management in West Bengal, India. As an instance of comparative analysis of a gender-sensitive forestry program, this study employs the “sustainable rural livelihoods” framework to assess any enhancement of livelihood opportunities across various socioeconomic groups in forest fringe areas. In general, robust livelihoods sustainability is found for a pro-poor section of rural households that participated in the forestry program. Amongst participants, however, especially the feminine units attain more favorable livelihoods outcome. Conversely, the program's eschewed households are behind sustainable livelihoods. It is therefore early need to expand the participatory forestry program for sustaining poor households' livelihood security in forest fringe areas of rural India.

Keywords: Bengal forest resource; Rural livelihood capitals; Joint forest management; Gender-sensitive community groups; Sustainable livelihoods framework; I38; Q23; R11

Journal Article.  9786 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Welfare and Poverty ; Renewable Resources and Conservation ; Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics