Women’s Participation in the Forest Governance: A Case Study of Buxa Tiger Reserve Forest

Bimal Roy


The National Forest Policy 1988 introduced the idea of decentralization of forest governance and incorporation of women to meet the targets of sustainability, conservation, livelihood needs of the people and good governance after community forestry success stories started drawing attention. Women's relationship with environment and forests in particular is laced with ambiguity and complexities.

This paper intends to locate the study on the nature of awareness and women’s participation in forest governance. However, questions abound as to the level of participation in the form of membership of FPCs and EDCs, the impact of the presence of women in the decision making and the level of awareness about the institutions. The proposed study is located in one of the remotest regions of North Bengal, in the Buxa Tiger Reserve Forest where there exists Forest Protection Committees (FPC) and Eco Development Committees (EDC), but very few studies exists on the nature of presence, participation and impact of women in these institutions.

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