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Arabari forests are a good example of conserved forest because local people were involved in conservation programmed to conserve the Arabari forest. Arabari forests are located in Midnapore district of West Bengal. In year 1972, the West Bengal forests department has realization that they are failing in reviving the degraded Sal forests. There were conflicts between forests officials and villagers. The department then changed the strategy and the villagers were involved by the department for protecting the forests land of 1.272 hectare. In return the department gave the employment to the villagers in Silviculture and harvesting operations. The villagers were allowed by the department for collecting fuelwood and fodder after paying some nominal fee. By 1983, due to active participation of villagers in this strategy of forests department, Arabari forest was recovered and the value of this forest was then Rs. 12.5 crores.


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