(Forest used by the community in the East Godavari region)
PROCEEDING OF THE TRAINING PROGRAMME ON JOINT FOREST MANAGEMENT
“NOORINTI ADAVI” FOR THE NGOS GROUPS OF EASTERN GHATS OF A.P.
15/12/1993 to 19/12/1993, Rampachodavaram
Dr.Sivaramakrishna of Sakti then elucidated the concept of “Noorinti Adavi” (Forests for hundred Households) which has the traditional tribal connotation of forest as the common property of the whole community. He opined that in order to revive the traditions of communities and organise them on a unified community approach, to implement programmes like JFM, a social campaign is required to take the programme forward. The government is not capable of undertaking such campaigns, and here lies the crucial role of NGOs. They have, on the one hand, a grasp over the laws and schemes of the government, and on the other, access to the people for whom these laws and schemes are meant. They can thus act as the moderators between the people and the government. This is the purpose for which the present training programme was being organised for NFOs – to bring clarity and awareness on the JFM scheme.
Dr. Sivaramakrishna took over from here, explaining the rich heritage that the tribals possessed in protecting the forests, managing them commonly and resting state interfence, when it was oppressive. He quoted the great Rama revolt, where the tribals, without external support, withstood similar onslaught. He urged the participants to motivate the tribals through the example of their glorious history and to stand up for their rights over the forest for which the present G.O.gives them a legal validity
"Nooru is hundred. Inti is related to houses Adavi is forest = Forest (trees) related to hundred houses. Hundred is idiom used for whole (Hundred years) in Indian tradition. All villagers collect the trees uses fruct of village commons. They get equal share. Such tradition is called 'Noorintu' in East Godavari."
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