Forest Rights Act, 2006
The Forest Rights Act, 2006 provides legal rights to the tribal communities and other traditional forest dwellers who are dependent on forest resources for habitation and other socio-cultural requirements. It recognises the symbiotic relationship between the tribal communities and the forests they live in.
A joint communication was signed between the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to ensure better implementation of this law and boost the employment opportunities for the people living in the forest areas. It will also seek to make use of the tribes traditional knowledge to improve the efficiency of the forest management.