The influence of forest management regimes on deforestation in a central Indian dry deciduous forest landscape

Agarwal, Shivani and Nagendra, Harini and Ghate, Rucha (2016) The influence of forest management regimes on deforestation in a central Indian dry deciduous forest landscape. Land, 5 (3). p. 27. ISSN 2073-445X

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Abstract

This research examines the impact of forest management regimes, with various degrees of restriction, on forest conservation in a dry deciduous Indian forest landscape. Forest change is mapped using Landsat satellite images from 1977, 1990, 1999, and 2011. The landscape studied has lost 1478 km2 of dense forest cover between 1977 and 2011, with a maximum loss of 1002 km2 of dense forest between 1977 and 1990. The number of protected forest areas has increased, concomitant with an increase in restrictions on forest access and use outside protected areas. Interviews with residents of 20 randomly selected villages indicate that in the absence of alternatives, rather than reducing their dependence on forests, communities appear to shift their use to other, less protected patches of forest. Pressure shifts seem to be taking place as a consequence of increasing protection, from within protected areas to forests outside, leading to the creation of protected but isolated forest islands within a matrix of overall deforestation, and increased conflict between local residents and forest managers. A broader landscape vision for forest management needs to be developed, that involves local communities with forest protection and enables their decision-making on forest management outside strict protected areas. View Full-Text

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: protected areas; forest change; people-park conflicts; remote sensing; forest department; community
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Life sciences; biology > Ecology
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Development
Depositing User: Library APU
Date Deposited: 02 May 2018 07:22
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2019 06:25
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URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/81
Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.3390/land5030027

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