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1. Context

In India, we are fortunate to have several communities that have developed sustainable socio-economic and cultural relationships with the ecosystems they inhabit. In particular, they have built sustainable resource use practices with the commons. In Gujarat, especially in Kachchh and Saurashtra, the commons occupy a significant part of the landscape. This includes grasslands, thorn forests, mangroves, deciduous dry forests and more.

Sahjeevan believes that communities inhabiting these varied ecosystems are the best equipped to protect and manage them. Therefore, Sahjeevan helps communities get powers to protect and augment their ecosystems under the provisions of the FRA of 2006 and the Biological Diversity Act of 2002 (BDA), particularly towards conserving community lands. Sahjeevan also supports the formation and management of Community and Conservation Reserves under the Indian Forest Conservation Act, 1927.