Neema Pathak Broome is a member of Kalpavriksh Environment Action Group, Pune, India. Neema has been working on issues related to governance, management and conservation of biological diversity in India for last decade. In particular, her focus areas have been to document and popularize the management and conservation of species and habitat by rural, local communities; analysis and commenting on laws and policies related to conservation; and influencing the decision making processes related to participatory conservation of biological diversity.

Some of the activities that she has been centrally involved with include - policy analysis and lobbying for appropriate changes in the laws and policies, particularly the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, Indian Forest Act 1927, The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006 and other relevant Acts, policies and government orders pertaining to ecosystem conservation and local livelihoods. She has worked towards this in collaboration with many organisations – Vasundhara (Orissa) and, SACON (Nagaland).

She has also written a number of papers & organized a number of workshops on Community Conserved Areas in India among others. Neema has recently compiled and edited a Directory of Community Conserved Areas in India. She is currently coordinating a process on facilitating participatory conservation and livelihoods compatible with conservation in and around a few villages in Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra. Neema is also coordinating an international process of writing a training manual and training course on “Governance of Protected Areas” being supported by TILCEPA, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and GTZ.

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