‘Dalits denied their forest pie’

Participation of the underprivileged Dalit community has been largely
ignored in forest management and sharing of benefits of natural
resources, experts said.

Speaking at a two-day workshop on Climate Change and Reducing
Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) that
concluded on Friday, Sunil Pariyar, Chairperson of Dalit Alliance for
Natural Resources (DANAR) Nepal, said inclusiveness of Dalits in
community forestry was minimal.

According to a study report published on Thursday, representation of
Dalits in community forestry programme is only 17 percent in the
country. Presenting the findings, Pariyar said, “Though the REDD
programme provisions empowering indigenous communities to ensure them
benefits over natural resources, it will not benefit the Dalit unless
they have ownership over water, forests and land.” REDD is
carbon-funding mechanism that seeks to provide incentives for
developing countries from the developed nations for reducing emissions
from forests.

Posted on: 2010-09-04 08:12


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