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Title: Attitudes of tribal people towards social forestry, with reference to Madhya Pradesh, India
Author: Shukla, Animesha
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1994
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Forest dwellers in most parts of the world live in close association with the forests. Of late, relentless pressure on these forests has brought their own survival into question. Deforestation of tropical forests has brought into focus different strategies of forestry development for such areas and participation of people in these strategies. Since its inception in late sixties social forestry as a strategy of forestry development aims to close this gap. The thesis aims to analyse attitudes of tribal people towards their participation in the social forestry approaches in use in Madhya Pradesh, India, through analyses of their socio-economic system, their interaction with forests, and their perceptions about forests, forest management and social forestry. The study is based on primary data collected through a household survey in 24 villages in the tribal areas of Nimar, Madhya Pradesh. The results indicate that a household level approach to planning social forestry is essential with a view to involve the people in the developmental strategy. The socio-economic factors play a significant role in framing the attitudes of the households towards adopting social forestry within their system. Lack of irrigation is a major constraint among all household categories. The interaction of households with forests also has an influence on their attitudes in some cases. The pattern of interaction is similar for a large majority of both landholders and landless households. However, their perceptions are found to be significantly different. Their perceptions do play some degree of influence in influencing their attitudes. While their participation in social forestry has been low, the tribal households do show strong inclination towards social forestry with many factors influencing their attitudes. Farm forestry and Joint Forest Management appear as the two most favourable approaches. An application of logistic regression has been suggested as a planning methodology to ascertain the probability of participation at the household level. The proposed methodology should be considered as a topic of future research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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