Promise and performance: 10 years of Forests Rights Act in India

This report seeks to highlight the potential of FRA, assess its achievements, identify the bottlenecks, and find the ways forward. Its objectives are to: Make a quantitative estimate of forest land that has the potential to be recognized as CFR area, and compare it to the actual forest area recognized as CFRs across the country; Assess the qualitative potential of FRA for gender equal development, poverty alleviation, climate change and biodiversity conservation; Compile the progress of recognition of other major rights under FRA, such as IFR, CR and habitat rights; Identify the major institutional and procedural bottlenecks in FRA implementation; and Identify the ways forward.

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