Reconciling Conservation and Livelihoods in the Forest Fringes: An Introduction

  • Seema Purushothaman
  • Rosa Abraham


As the forces of urbanisation sweep across the countryside, the communities in the fringes of the forests, are simultaneously affected by the conservation-oriented agendas that influence these landscapes. They often find themselves being sandwiched between growing urban regions and cordoned-off forest landscapes. Just as new opportunities arise, several existing livelihood strategies are threatened. In this context, this book deals with the dilemmas, challenges and opportunities faced by communities in the Western Ghats and the role and impact of various policy interventions. Locating these conflicts within the social-ecological-economic narratives of communities in the peripheries of the Western Ghats, the book provides an alternative perspective to these challenges and opportunities. This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book, placing each chapter within the theme of the book as well as establishing the linkages across them.


Western Ghat Livelihood Strategy Livelihood Option Joint Forest Management Forest Fringe 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Azim Premji UniversityBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the EnvironmentBangaloreIndia
  3. 3.Institute for Social and Economic ChangeBangaloreIndia

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