Tenure Facility

The Tenure Facility (TF) project is a multi-objective initiative that aims at upscaling Community Tenure and Jurisdiction for tribal and forest dwellers in India. The central objective is to effectively secure community rights (CR) and forest tenure rights of Indigenous and local communities by creating recognition, awareness and utilization of the Community Forest Rights (CFR) provided by India’s Forest Rights Act (FRA) of 2006.

Though the FRA (2006) bestows community ownership and protection of forest lands, its poor implementation has added to the increased historical injustice faced by marginalized forest communities, especially in terms of land claims. With a strong focus on FRA, this project aims at facilitating CFR/CR recognition, and at catalyzing this model to several Indian states.

Launched on January 1, 2018 in collaboration with Tenure Facility, this project has the following goals:

Upscale CFR Recognition

Work closely with partner organizations and government agencies to create awareness about FRA, and to create a standardized CFR/CR claims-filing process.

Provide National Level Training

Train members from civil society organizations, grassroot organizations and academic institutions on FRA by conducting series of workshops and capacity building programs.

Enhance Capacity Building

Enhance capacity for effective CRF/CR recognition district-wise in several Indian states.

Create Socio-ecological Monitoring System

Support community forest governance with socio-economic monitoring systems that can help assess social, ecological and economic impacts of CFR/CR governance.

Develop a Web Platform

Develop web platform to allow users visualize data spatially at Administrative (state, district, and sub-district) and Political constituency (assembly and parliamentary) levels.

Engage Key Private Sectors

Identify and engage key private sectors and involve them in the community rights project.

Design Project Monitoring Systems

Design project monitoring systems to track progress at every stage; create systems to enable adaptability and ability to respond effectively to emerging challenges and opportunities.

Forest Landscape Restoration Project

The Forest Landscape Restoration Project seeks to strengthen evidence supporting effective community-driven forest landscape restoration and its linkages with formal and customary rights. Launched on May 1, 2018

This project has three main goals:

Data Collection

Collect data on population of communities living within two billion hectares of deforested and degraded land.

Data Analysis

Analyze existing data sets from the International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI).

Analyze Best Cases

Analyze quantitative case studies about successful community forest landscape restoration by communities with secure tenure rights.

The Trees on Farms for Biodiversity Project

In line with its central objective, ISB’s Tenure Facility Team has undertaken the agroforestry project in an agreement with The International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), Kenya. The primary goal is to develop a data visualization tool that will help harness the potential of trees on farms to meet biodiversity targets. Termed the ‘Trees on Farms for Biodiversity’, the project was launched in March 2019.

This project has two main goals:

Data Visualization

Develop an online interactive data visualization tool that will help collect, manage and share key facts and evidences in relation to agroforestry.

Manage Visualization

Populate, manage and share the visualization of numerical facts and evidences with key stakeholders.

Forest Landscape Restoration Project- Phase II

The Forest Landscape Restoration Project Phase II was launched on April 1, 2019. The project aims seeks to strengthen evidence supporting effective community-driven forest landscape restoration and its linkages with formal and customary rights. Launched on May 1, 2018.

This project has the below mentioned goals:

Quantifying The Restoration Benefits

Build on the work done for Phase 1 up to March 2019 by quantifying the restoration benefits of community ownership or areas where communities have secure tenure rights—including the climate, biodiversity and livelihood benefits

Conduct Analysis

Conduct analysis of change in regions where forest conditions have degraded and regenerated to identify priority areas for future investments using indicators like policies, infrastructure, demography etc. that impact change

Rights-Based FLR

Design a rights-based FLR framework (institutional, biophysical) to identify and categorize landscapes as regenerated or degraded

Institutional Networks and Self Organised Adaptation: Tracing the Democratic Architectures of Climate Response

This project has been awarded by Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and looks at the role of public support systems in helping vulnerable rural populations confront the challenges of climate change. The project was launched on June 1, 2019

The project aims to answer the below mentioned questions:

Livelihood Portfolios

How do different livelihood portfolios shape exposure to climate risk – and what are the multiple threats that different households face?

Engagement of Groups

How do citizen and citizen groups engage with state institutions to address climate threats?

Institutional Networks

How do different ‘institutional networks’ unfold, and how do different networks, in turn, influence responses to climate risk?

State Responses

How do state responses influence livelihood systems and exposure to climate risk over time?