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

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Chandan Goswami

Tezpur University

Pradip Mahanta

Gauhati University - Tezpur College

Date Written: September 21, 2012

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Goswami, Chandan and Mahanta, Pradip, Checking Deforestation: Perception-Based Strategies for Reserve Forests (September 21, 2012). The IUP Journal of Environmental Sciences, Vol. VI, No. 1, February 2012, pp. 7-23, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2149990

Chandan Goswami (Contact Author)

Tezpur University ( email )

Napaam
Tezpur, IN Assam 784028
India

Pradip Mahanta

Gauhati University - Tezpur College ( email )

Tezpur, Assam
Tezpur, Assam 784001
India

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