Sheopur Forest Rights Act Training Workshop February, 2014

Sheopur Forest Rights Act Training Workshop February, 2014

Forest Rights Act Training Workshop

Organised by the Collectorate, District Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh

In collaboration with the Right to Property initiative of Liberty Institute (New Delhi), and ARCH Vahini (Gujarat)

15th to 17th February 2014

The objectives of the three day workshop is to improve understanding of the legal and procedural aspects of FRA. Also to appreciate the challenges on the ground, and to learn the significance of use of GPS / PDA instruments, and the role of satellite imagery in implementing the FRA.

DAY 1 15 Feb 2014 11 am to 11.30 am Inauguration and Introduction
11.30 am to 12.30 pm Forest right act Implementation and  challenges – sharing experiences
12.30 pm to 1.00 pm FRA in the context of Right to Property in the Indian Constitution
1.00 to 2.00 pm Lunch break
2.30 to 3 pm Experience of ARCH in Gujarat
3 to 4 pm Use of GPS/GIS in FRA
4 to 5 pm Practical operation of GPS
5 pm to 6 pm Break
6 pm to 7.30 pm Group Discussion
8.00 pm Dinner
DAY 2 16 Feb 2014 9 am to 3.30 pm Field visit – mapping of community forest  resources and individual plots by GPS at Hanumankheda, and other villages
1.30 to 2.15 pm Lunch break
2.30 to 3.30 pm Preparation of maps by GPS
3.30 to 4.30 pm Break – Return to Sheopur
4.30 to 5.30 pm Documentation of the claims and evidence
Day 3 17 Feb 2014 9 am to 1 pm Processing of GPS data from the field visit and assessing the information on satellite imagery
1 pm to 2 pm Lunch
2.30 pm to 4 pm Nature of evidence and its evaluation
4 pm to 4.15 pm Tea break
4.15 to 5 pm Future plan of action and vote of thanks


Resource Persons:

Shri Dyaneshwar Patil, District Collector, Sheopur district, Madhya Pradesh

District Tribal Welfare Officer

District Forest Officer

Shri Ambrish Mehta, ARCH Vahini, Baroda

Smt. Trupti Mehta, ARCH Vahini

Shri Barun Mitra, Liberty Institute, New Delhi

Field Visit:

Names of the villages (pincodes, panchayet and block, names) to be visited during field visit. Meeting with the FRC members, and community leaders. And to map plots of land in that village,  compiling the names of claimants, and document any other types of evidence available.

If the locations of the villages are available, then it would help in identifying and saving the satellite images of the area, prior to the field visit. This will greatly help in demonstrating the role of GIS in implementing the FRA. This may also reduce the dependence on satellite images.

Resources and Equipment necessary:

GPS / PDA instruments (We will bring 2 GPS instruments, and it would help if the PDA instruments from the district are made available, along with operators).

PDA data for the claims approved, if any, in that village. (It would really help if this information could be sent to us as soon as possible. This will help us assess the localities on satellite images.)

Data card for internet connection

Projector and screen for presentation

Workshop venue: Sheopur, MP


Workshop Coordinator: Shri Parihar, Tribal welfare officer, Sheopur district, MP



Liberty Institute, New Delhi

Tel: 011-28031309, Mobile: 09810416662 | |

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