Ganeshpura Village

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 Location  Ecosystem Type    Conservation Type    Area(hectare)  Legal status 
 Ambikapur, Sarguja, Chhattisgarh  Forest  Ecosystem Conservation  200  Joint Forest Management (JFM)

Case Study (2009)


Ganeshpura village lies in the Ambikapur taluka of Sarguja district in the Bilaspur Division of Chhattisgarh. The conservation of 220 ha of sal forests by the women of Ganeshpura is an offshoot of the effort of women of Karundamuda village1 in the same taluka.

In 1995, an NGO called Sangta came in contact with Ganeshpura. Sangta had also recently got involved with Karundamuda village, where women facing severe fuelwood shortage had started protecting and regenerating about 100 ha of reserved forest (RF). Realising that the women in Ganeshpura were facing similar problems as in Karundamuda, Sangta advised Ganeshpura women to approach Karundamuda women for advice and support towards forest protection. The women of Karundamuda responded positively and facilitated the process of conservation and forest protection in the village.

Ganeshpura is also now under JFM like Karundamuda and facing similar kinds of constraints.

  This case study has been contributed by Archana Prasad, who is a Reader at the Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.

Archana Prasad
TRSA 58, NPL colony,
New Rajendra Nagar,
New Delhi-110 060
Ph: 011-3017378 (0) 011-5773212 (R)
[email protected]

1 See Chhattisgarh case study on Karundamuda.

This case study was part of the Directory on Community Conserved Areas (2009), published by Kalpavriksh. The directory can be downloaded here.

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