This paper talks about the interface between institutions created for forest management and how this interface impacts on peoples' participation in the management of their forest resources. These institutions operating in the field of forest management are of two types - the government institutions which are instrumental in shaping polices and programmes related to forest management and actually implementing them; and the other set of institutions responsible for forest management comprising of local people and operating at the village level. These village institutions have a direct linkage with the higher order government institutions that form and supervise them. The paper by focussing on the interface, both supportive and problematic, between these institutions operating in the field of forest management in the Kumaon region of the newly created state of Uttaranchal in India, reveals the dynamics of participation at the local level.
Innovations in civil society, Vol 3, No 1, 11 pp.