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Andhra Pradesh is endowed with 64,000 sq Kms of forests with over ten thousand forest fringe villages, the bulk of them are inhabited by tribal population. In 1992 CEC advocated participatory forest management as the way for forest protection and management. CEC formed a network of NGOs to campaign and succeed with the approach as in 1994 the state adopted Joint Forest Management. CEC was elected three terms to serve as state secretariat for the AP NGOS Committee on JFM having three hundred NGOs members.

Following the rising use of new techniques such as cloning and mon-plantations, pest management is emerging as a major issue in forestry. CEC recently undertook a detailed study of pest control practices in forestry and its publication serves as a training and capacity building material to foresters and the community using non-chemical methods