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Debasis Pattanaik

Joined March 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Right to Information
Myself Debasis Pattanaik, working in NIRMAN as Senior Programme Officer since April 2020. My educational background includes MSW, and has been engaged in facilitating land access, tenure rights and other related issues of Adibasi and other forest dwellers in Adibasi dominated areas of Odisha state, India for the last 15 years. I assisted Gramsabhas to assert their recognized rights, establish their authority to conserve & manage biodiversity in a sustainable, democratic, and transparent manner in Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Nayagarh, and Rayagada district of Odisha. During this period, I have also engaged myself as a co-struggler with some natural resource rights movements and assisted communities to conduct inquiries, file petitions, and challenge illegalities with legal methodologies like NGT, WRIT. Besides this, I have learned different participatory tools & methods to facilitate the change process being a participant in RLEP (Regional Learning Exchange Platform), South-East Asia built by MISEREOR, Germany.

My expertise:
• Can engage communities in addressing their crisis through capacity building on different progressive laws/ notifications (like PESA, FRA, EIA, etc.), conduct inquiries to their crises including drafting and filing petitions.
• Facilitate tenure rights under Forest Rights Act 2006 and other state revenue laws of Odisha, India

I am associated with Land Access, Tenure, and Rights programme components of NIRMAN along with building a knowledge base of the local communities in Rayagada and Nayagarh district. I also coordinate with project teams, monitors the project activities, and also assists in documentation and reporting of different social development aspects of the organization.

The network will provide the scope to build a strong and technically sound knowledge-base around land rights and other environmental issues and my skill in research, documentation, and effective community engagement will be enhanced with the proper guidance of the Legal Empowerment Network members. Also, my competency could grow with new tools, good practices, and mentoring supports of the network.

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