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 I.