STRENGTHENING LOCAL GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Community mobilization through village based regular meetings and learning discussions - Initiating regular village level discussions, dialogues, and collectivization process, including participation in official gram sabhas, supporting local leadership emerging through these discussions
Women and youth groups – Supporting and helping strengthen existing Women's Self-Help Groups through discussions and learning workshops during monthly meetings; organizing women gram sabhas, women’s maha sabhas, livelihoods based training programmes. Mobilising youth to actively participate in village as well as forest governance.
Capacity building workshops and legal training – Workshops on laws and policies e.g Wildlife Protection Act, Eco-sensitive Zones, Right to Information Act, Biodiversity Act, Joint Forest Management and Eco village development Programmes, Forest Rights Act, National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA); Workshops on women’s empowerment and role in society; workshops with honey collectors on revisiting and revising traditional and non violent systems of honey collection; training programmes for women on honey processing and sale; among others.
Facilitating democratic decisions making systems - Facilitating the process for democratic decision making systems for village and forest governance
People and Forest Department interactions - Facilitating mutually beneficial interactions between the forest department and the local people; addressing conflicts and strengthening local people’s negotiation power to arrive at the best possible mechanism for effective conservation.
Community Forest Resource Rights (CFR) under the Forest Rights Act – Facilitating claims process under the Forest Rights Act, ensuring these are part of official gram sabha agenda, training programmes on CFRs for gram sabhas and women’s SHG, facilitating internal and informal village discussions on CFRs, people to people learning through community exchanges to other sites, boundary mapping, helping facilitate discussions on rules and regulations, organizing training programmes on filing of claims for local volunteers, among others.