On knowing what trees to plant: local and expert perspectives in the Western Ghats of Karnataka

Martin, Adrian ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2916-7712 (2003) On knowing what trees to plant: local and expert perspectives in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. Geoforum, 34 (1). pp. 57-69. ISSN 0016-7185

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This paper investigates the ways in which different groups of people arrive at decisions regarding what tree species to plant. Data is drawn from a case study of afforestation that is taking place under the policy of Joint Forest Planning and Management in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India. Whilst there is a clear disparity between villager and Forest Department preferences, this difference is not simply a case of Forest Department ‘science’ pitted against villagers’ ‘local knowledge’. On the one hand, both villagers and the Forest Department employ empirical evidence to inform their preferences; on the other hand, decision making goes beyond this, being influenced by a range of institutional and cultural issues. This paper identifies obstacles to a complementary working relationship between local and expert knowledge and considers the resulting management implications.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Global Environmental Justice
University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2003
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2023 23:42
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/16627
DOI: 10.1016/S0016-7185(02)00075-1

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