A day long brainstorming was organised to focus on identifying and addressing the democratic deficit in the current framework for decision making on forests. The session explored the feasibility of developing a new architecture for an institutional framework that would reduce this democratic deficit.
Focus was on two themes (1) Use of forests for coal mining and thermal power; and (2) Use of forest commons – issues of conservation, wildlife protection, rights of forest dwellers and the role of tourism.
The brainstorming was held on Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 in Jawahar Bhawan, New Delhi. Participants invited to attend this were people who approached forests from diverse perspectives, so that all key view points were represented.