The study examined the nature of research being undertaken, whether
current research objectives and findings match the stated concerns of
key stakeholders in the participatory approach to management of forest
resources, commonly referred to as JFM, especially those of forest
policy makers along with field implementers, and the forest communities
and other representatives.
The first part of this report enumerates various provisions of JFM and
other related policies. The second part focusses on stakeholders'
perception on gaps between policy and implementation. The stakeholders'
views are presented in five main categories viz., community, forest
guard, policy makers, researchers and donors. Based on these
perceptions, the concluding section sets the agenda for further
researches in JFM. A summary of stakeholders' perception on gaps in
policy, implementation and research is also presented in Table in Annex