MEANINGFUL ENGAGEMENT WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Engagements with the local communities are managed through a committee called "The Deramakot Social Forestry Committee (DSFC)". Periodic consultations with the local communities are held every 4 months. There are no communities inside the reserve, but 5 villages (20 - 50 household) located on the southern fringe of Deramakot FR have been identified.
In DFR, meaningful engagement with local communities is about :
- Providing training and developing skills such as producing functional and decorative handicraft to ensure local communities of a livelihood;
- Providing basic amenities such as clean water, school, etc.;
- Providing jobs, in line with the government policy to eradicate rural poverty.
- Ensuring better understanding and awareness through bilateral cooperation in conservation.