Forest is both ecological as well as economic resource.
Based on the National Forest Policy, 1988 and. the guidelines thereon from the Government of India in June, 1990 regarding the involvement of the local communities and voluntary agencies in forest protection, management and regeneration to rejuvenate degraded forest lands, the Joint Forest Management (JFM) programme was launched in Gujarat vide government resolution in March 1991. Since than the activity of involving the people in the protection and regeneration of forests was expanded to other areas. Thus a decentralized approach of participatory management based on the broad principal of Care and Share is under progress and increasingly gaining recognition and acceptance as a major strategy for the eco-restoration and rehabilitation of the degraded forest land in the State.