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What is the main idea behind “Joint Forest Management Concept” introduced by the Government of India?


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Joint Forest Management Concept was introduced by the Government of India with the objective of involving and motivating the local community in forest management. In the past, it was observed that when the local people were excluded from forest management; they felt alienated. This was because they were robbed of their traditional rights on forests. This resulted in a clash of interests between the government and the local people, and the conservation efforts did not bear results. Involvement of local community produced better results in terms of conservation in a sustainable manner. Generation of employment was an added benefit from the program.

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