Gender and forestry: integrating local knowledge into environmental planning and management

Martin, Adrian ORCID: and Lemon, Mark (2001) Gender and forestry: integrating local knowledge into environmental planning and management. International Journal of Sustainable Development (IJSD), 4 (3). pp. 265-281. ISSN 0960-1406

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This paper demonstrates the importance of local knowledge to processes of rural development that involve changes to resource management regimes. The argument reveals that the cultural and economic contexts within which new policies are implemented can lead to unpredictable and unintended impacts that can contradict the objectives of environmental protection initiatives. Whilst local complexities make it impossible to predict all possible outcomes, planners and managers can nonetheless work with local knowledge in order to tailor initiatives to local contexts. The challenge is to both acquire and employ local cultural and economic feedback. These findings are conveyed through a consideration of headloading (the carrying and marketing of fuelwood) arid its relationship to forest management in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, South India. The data arc derived from six months of fieldwork during which six villages were studied. For the purposes of this paper, a case study of one village, Thaligadde, is employed.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
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: Abigail Dalgleish
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2011 10:12
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2023 14:43
DOI: 10.1504/IJSD.2001.004448

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