District-level authorities have recognized the community forest resource rights (CFR) claims of 22 villages in the Kandhmal district of India to 4,450 hectares of forestland. The 22 villages mapped their traditional boundaries using GPS and participatory mapping techniques developed and promoted by RRI Collaborator Vasundhara; a similarly rigorous process of recognition of CFR claims is being taken up by a large number of communities across the district. CFR rights are guaranteed under India’s 2006 Forest Rights Act, yet implementation of the Act has been exceedingly slow.