The objectives of this paper are, first, to examine and discuss the theory behind participatory forestry management the policies that have been formulated to implement it, and the changes that it has facilitated; and second, to elucidate the perceptions of the representatives of the PRIs (one of the many stakeholders in the forestry sector) in order to understand the process by which policy problems are formulated by this stakeholder group.
Perceptions of PRIs have been analysed in relation to JFM and the extent to which it has provided the space for local stakeholders to participate in the management of forest resources in order to achieve ecological stability and social justice. Based on these perceptions, the paper attempts to analyse the 'policy problem' as constructed by the respondents of the PRIs and the extent to which the knowledge of theory, policy, and change influence these constructs.
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). Incorporating stakeholder perceptions in participatory forest management in India: Perceptions of Panchayati Raj institutions on joint forest management in Harda. (2005) 122 pp.