Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and the Sadguru Foundation (India) will jointly host a symposium ‘Decentralization, Power and Tenure Rights of ForestDependent People’ at Dahod, Gujarat, India on 27-28 October 2009.
The aim of the symposium is to share recent research experiences of participants and to review state-of-the-art approaches related to the following three topics:
- Decentralization policies and local forest institutions
- Power and political position of forest-dependent indigenous peoples, pastoralists and tribals
- Legislative recognition of forest tenure rights
Key identified thematic issues for discussions are:
Decentralization Reforms: Decentralized forest management reforms recognize new types of institutions. In practice, what kinds of institutions are chosen and why? Are the local institutions supportive towards marginalized groups? Do marginalized groups have a say in choosing the ‘right’ local institution?
Politics of Power: Different forms of power are devolved to different types of institutions through decentralized forestry. Which kinds of powers are transferred to local authorities? Who are the new authorities? Does devolving power to local authority means empowerment of indigenous peoples and women?
Forest Tenure Rights: Statutory laws are increasingly recognizing forest tenure rights of the indigenous peoples. To what extent do international instruments and institutions influence national and local forest governance? Is the state ‘recognition’ of forest tenure rights conducive to the reduction of rural poverty?
Call for Abstracts
The paper should address one or more of the above identified three thematic issues based on empirical and/or theoretical research. Abstracts should include title, author(s), institutional affiliation, full contact address, telephone number and a summary (max 250 words) of the paper with four keywords. Please email the abstract as an attachment to Purabi Bose (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 10 April 2009. Please state “symposium abstract/your last name” in the email subject line. We will notify acceptance of the abstract via email by 30 April 2009.
Contact symposium secretariat
- For scientific information and abstract submission: Purabi Bose (email@example.com)
- For registration or to co-sponsor: Harnath Jagawat (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kindly check the symposium details at www.nmsadguru.org/symposiumdecentralization2009.pdf