International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Review Papers | Sociology | India | Volume 13 Issue 3, March 2024

Social Forestry in India, Age - Old Answer and the Ultimate Solution to Climate Change

R. Rajesh [61]

Abstract: Social forestry emerges as an age - old yet innovative solution to the multifaceted challenges of climate change, deforestation, and socio - economic instability in India. This concept integrates the management, conservation, and sustainable utilization of forest resources, emphasizing the active participation of local communities in these processes. By harnessing the ecological, social, and economic objectives, social forestry aims to empower communities, enhance biodiversity conservation, and mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration. This paper delves into the essence of social forestry, its historical roots, implementation strategies, and the critical role of community engagement in ensuring the success and sustainability of social forestry initiatives. Drawing from various case studies and best practices, it highlights the significant advantages of social forestry, including its ability to provide alternative livelihood opportunities, reduce deforestation, and address climate change. Furthermore, the paper discusses the strategic approaches essential for the effective implementation of social forestry, such as community participation, capacity building, policy support, and the alignment of traditional knowledge with modern practices. By exploring the comprehensive benefits and strategies for implementing social forestry, this paper underscores its potential as a scalable and sustainable solution to environmental and social challenges in India and beyond.

Keywords: Social Forestry, Climate Change Mitigation, Community Engagement, Sustainable Forest Management, Biodiversity Conservation, Carbon Sequestration, Alternative Livelihoods, Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Edition: Volume 13 Issue 3, March 2024,

Pages: 1902 - 1905

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