Strategy for operationalising criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management in India

Sustainable forest management was underscroed as an important aspect of sustainable development at UNCED, Rio in 1992. Following, various international, regional and national processes developed sets of criteria and indicators to monitor and assess the progress towards sustainability of forest resources. Sustainable forest management in India is significant not only because of its role in the economy, but also for its criticality supporting sustainable livelihood of forest dependent communities. This document proposes the guidelines and strategy for operationalising sustainable forest management in India.