The mandate of the project on 'Incorporating stake holder's perception in participatory forest management' was to study and devise ways to incorporate the perceptions of diverse stakeholders in the forest sector in Harda district, Madhya Pradesh, India. In the present project a diverse and multi specialist group sought to analyze the sources of conflicts, so that a clearer understanding of stakeholder interaction in the context of participatory natural resource management can be developed. The analytical framework for understanding perceptions in PFM stipulates that the stakeholders' perceptions and their consequent definition of the problem situation is a function of three components of current knowledge: knowledge of change, knowledge of theory and knowledge of policy.
This report presents legal analysis in an attempt to validate perceptions from the legal standpoint. The hypothesis of this analysis is that it is the stakeholders' current knowledge or the lack of it in terms of policy and knowledge of change in policy and law that shapes perceptions. This report thus attempts to draw linkages between stakeholders' perceptions and law and policy framework.
Enviro-Legal Defence Firm (ELDF). Incorporating stakeholder perceptions in participatory forest management: The law and policy context. (2005) 117 pp.