Checking Deforestation: Perception-Based Strategies for Reserve Forests
The IUP Journal of Environmental Sciences, Vol. VI, No. 1, February 2012, pp. 7-23
Posted: 22 Sep 2012
Date Written: September 21, 2012
The loss of forest coverage is a serious concern worldwide. The causes of forest loss are different in different regions of the world. Less developed countries clear forests because of population pressure and developed countries clear forests for industrial purposes. However, the loss has been recurrent with a high rate of deforestation, which may lead to a catastrophe in the near future. In India, from northern Himalayas to southern Nilgiris, eastern Himalayas to western Shivalik Hills, forests have been depleted exclusively for human activities. Now, the question is how to rebuild the nominal portion of that damage. This paper is a part of the research project which tried to highlight the willingness of the people in the study area to contribute to conservation of forests. It is also an attempt to involve in community conservation schemes like Joint Forest Management (JFM) in Nameri and Charduar ranges of Sonitpur district, Assam. The analysis reveals the perception of local people towards the importance of forest conservation and willingness to participate in conservation-related activities.
Keywords: Deforestation, Forest protection method, Community involvement, Forest protection
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