Forest Rights Act 2006

About Forest Rights Act

A weapon for democracy in the forest

The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 is a result of the protracted struggle by the marginal and tribal communities of our country to assert their rights over the forestland over which they were traditionally dependent. This Act is crucial to the rights of millions of tribals and other forest dwellers in different parts of our country as it provides for the restitution of deprived forest rights across India, including both individual rights to cultivated land in forestland and community rights over common property resources. The notification of Rules for the implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 on 1st Jan 2008, has finally paved the way to undo the ‘historic injustice’ done to the tribals and other forest dwellers.

Tribals in Wayanad

Culture and Tradition of tribal groups have close linkage with Forest

A vast majority of Scheduled Tribes in Wayanad depend on Forest either as an abode or as a source of living. Many colonies are located inside forest and many others are located on the fringe of forest. Scheduled Tribe population in Wayanad is a classic example for sustainable reliance on natural resources. In Wayanad, the fauna of deep jungles are in harmony with Scheduled Tribe population. Culture and Tradition of many tribal groups .....more >>