Application of Land Administration Domain Model to Recognition of Indigenous Community Rights in Indian Forests: Indian Forest Rights Act, 2006, examined with its Spatial Dimension

Tarun Ghawana, João Paulo Hespanha, J.A. Zevenbergen

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Abstract

Recognizing the importance of protecting indigenous property rights, as acknowledged by worldwide organizations such as the United Nations, and specifically the poor and badly governed forested communities, this paper elected as its Use Case the implementation of the Indian Forest Rights Act from 2006. Historically, India has a large number of forest dwelling tribes or which are largely dependent on forest products for their livelihood. However, after gaining independence, Indian forests become property of the state and thus the right of residing or traditional collection of forest produces become illegal in a number of forest areas designated as reserved or protected forest areas by the government. This denied the forest dwelling tribes and other related tribes their historical rights to earn their livelihoods based upon forest produces. Finally, in 2006 through an extraordinary gazette, Indian government declared Indian Forest Rights Act for recognizing the traditional rights of such tribes to reside in and earn their livelihoods through forests. The background and current situation regarding the forest rights on ancestral lands and their habitat is first examined by literature review, followed by a modelling approach supported on the Land Administration Domain Model. The existing legislation is examined for its land administration aspects and related spatial dimensions with the aim to derive a specialized model applicable to the Indian Forest: IFR_LADM. From an initial set of definitions extracted from the Act, a functional, aspect-driven approach is followed. Each different aspect is first considered on its own iteration, before producing a comprehensive model where relationships and constraints are identified. To finalize the modelling, a number of Instance Level diagrams is depicted and described, in order to demonstrate how the IFR_LADM model can answer to specific, expected situations on the ground.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalFIG Peer Review Journal
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2012
EventFIG Working week 2012: Knowing to manage the territory, protect the environment, evaluate the cultural heritage - Rome, Italy
Duration: 6 May 201210 May 2012

Keywords

  • METIS-294806

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