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Forests and Common Lands


CISED has been involved in assessing forest-cover change both in terms of specific ecological impacts and overall economic impacts and their distribution. We have also evaluated the government-sponsored participatory forest management programme in Karnataka. Another area of study has been the changing role of forests and common lands in providing subsistence and incomes to different strata within rural communities, both locally in Karnataka and across India as a whole. Although focusing on forests and common lands, our research keeps the agrarian context of these resources always in the picture.

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Faculty members: Sharachchandra Lélé and Smriti Das

Research Studies
Below is a list of abstracts for the outputs that have been produced under this theme.

Completed Studies

Forest Conservation and Peasant Struggles in Assam

NTFP Policy in India: Rhetoric and Reality

Ecology of the Middle Himalaya: Mapping Transformation and Change

Joint Forest Planning and Management (JFPM) in the Eastern Plains Region of Karnataka: A Rapid Assessment

Land Use Change and Litter Insect Communities: Effects of Traditional Forest Use and Modern Plantations in Sringeri Taluka of the Western Ghats of India

Impact of Land Use Change and Litter Beetles: A Case Study from the Forest and Coffee Ecosystems of the Western Ghats of India

Understanding the Benefits and Costs of Conservation: Disaggregated BCA of the Creation of a Wildlife Sanctuary

Ex-Post Evaluation of the Impact of an "Enterprise-Based Conservation Project": The BCN Project in BRT Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Property Resources and the Agrarian Economy