ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Reviving Traditional Forest Management in Western Ghats

Traditional systems of forest management have often been ignored or summarily dismissed as forest departments in most states are keen to implement more recent joint forest management (JFM) schemes. This study of two districts located in the Western Ghats in Karnataka reveals that JFM schemes seeking to place degraded lands under plantations have neglected the dependence of the local people on 'kans' - sacred groves - present in both districts. Local people till recently retained management rights over these evergreen tracts. In the interests of conservation and to obtain a sustained revenue from NTFP products, it is necessary for the government to involve the local people in the management of the kans.
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