Forest Protection Policies and Local Benefits from NTFP: Lessons from West Bengal

Economic and Political Weekly, February 7, 2004, pp. 587-591

5 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2013

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Madhumati Dutta

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

Souvanic Roy

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

Shubhayu Saha

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

Dibyendu Maiti

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

Date Written: February 7, 2004

Abstract

As part of its joint forest management programme the West Bengal government has offered a 25 per cent share of returns from the rotational harvesting of timber as well as from intermediate biomass yields as an incentive for protecting its reserved forests and preventing illegal extraction. Why then does such illegal extraction take place? Using the postulate that expectations of regular and steady returns from non-timber forest produce (NTFP) constitute the backbone of preservation-oriented extraction by village communities, this study attempts to identify and quantify the range of benefits other than the returns from the illegal felling and sale of timber obtained by these communities due to the existence of the forest, so that policy can be formulated on this basis.

Keywords: joint forest management, India, community participation, sustainable forestry

Suggested Citation

Dutta, Madhumati and Roy, Souvanic and Saha, Shubhayu and Maiti, Dibyendu, Forest Protection Policies and Local Benefits from NTFP: Lessons from West Bengal (February 7, 2004). Economic and Political Weekly, February 7, 2004, pp. 587-591, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2244763

Madhumati Dutta (Contact Author)

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur ( email )

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Souvanic Roy

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur ( email )

P.O. - Botanic Garden, Howrah
West Bengal, 711103
India

Shubhayu Saha

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur ( email )

P.O. - Botanic Garden, Howrah
West Bengal, 711103
India

Dibyendu Maiti

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur ( email )

P.O. - Botanic Garden, Howrah
West Bengal, 711103
India

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