Promise and performance of the Forest Rights Act, 2006: Odisha report

This study makes a preliminary assessment of the potential forest area over which rights can be recognised in Odisha under the FRA. The estimate offers a baseline for informing implementation, planning, and setting targets for rights recognition under the FRA. It also allows the government, policy makers, and forest-dependent communities to assess the extent to which the law has been implemented. Moreover, the study provides an assessment of the performance of the FRA implementation process in Odisha, focusing primarily on individual rights, community rights and Community Forest Resources Rights (CFR). Finally, it identifies key bottlenecks and problems in the FRA implementation process and provides recommendations for charting out the way forward.