Socio-economic drivers of forest cover change in Assam: A historical perspective

Sharma, Narayan and Madhusudan, MD and Sinha, Anindya (2012) Socio-economic drivers of forest cover change in Assam: A historical perspective. Economic and Political Weekly, XLVII (5). pp. 64-72. ISSN 0012-9976

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Abstract: This article analyses the historical context of forest cover change in the upper Brahmaputra Valley of Assam during the precolonial, colonial and the postcolonial periods, locating these changes within the political economy and demographic milieu of each regime. In the current context of rising populations linked to immigration from neighbouring regions, dwindling share of agriculture in the state's gross domestic product, and recent incentives to small tea growers in risk-prone agricultural landscapes, serious challenges remain to securing forests in this region. Empowering local communities and institutions, understanding tea plantation dynamics and managing the causes and consequences of recent demographic change are crucial to the conservation of forests there.
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Subjects: School of Natural and Engineering Sciences > Conservation Biology
Divisions: Schools > Natural Sciences and Engineering
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2013 06:46
Last Modified: 08 May 2015 10:03
Official URL: http://www.epw.in/special-articles/socio-economic-...
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    Funders: Rufford Small Grants Foundation and Conservation International
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    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/352

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