The Forest Department plays a key role in decision-making and management of the forest sector in India. This role has changed over time, as sectoral priorities have evolved. The interface with local people has become stronger with the advent of initiatives like Joint Forest Management (JFM). This has led to changes in the way the department functions, as well as in the way other stakeholders interact with it. This paper summarises perceptions of survey respondents on the role and functioning of the Forest Department.
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