Ranvahi forest community, Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra, India

Resource System
Forest ecosystem and associated watershed
Resource Units
Fuelwood, fodder, timber, freshwater, and wildlife

The Ranvahi forest community is located approximately 25 km from the town of Kurkheda in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, India.  It encompasses a geographical area of 924.43 ha of which 641.71 ha are community forest.  The case study involves an undetermined snapshot in time and catalogues an action situation involving 393 community members organized in 81 households which are dependent on the forest for fuelwood, fodder, timber, water, and wildlife, among others.  Timber and a variety of forest products are the main stationary resource units.

The original case study authors focused on monitoring and institutional performance.  The case study has subsequently been used in comparative analyses regarding Ostrom's Design Principles (see bibliography).