Next Article in Journal
Urban Agriculture Oriented towards Self-Supply, Social and Commercial Purpose: A Typology
Previous Article in Journal
Analysis and Prediction of Land Use Changes Related to Invasive Species and Major Driving Forces in the State of Connecticut
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Land 2016, 5(3), 27; doi:10.3390/land5030027

The Influence of Forest Management Regimes on Deforestation in a Central Indian Dry Deciduous Forest Landscape

1
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Royal Enclave, Sriramapura, Jakkur Post, Bengaluru 560 064, Karnataka, India
2
Manipal University, Manipal, Udupi 576 104, Karnataka, India
3
School of Development, Azim Premji University, PES Institute of Technology Campus, Pixel Park, B Block, Electronics City, Beside Nice Road, Hosur Road, Bengaluru 560 100, Karnataka, India
4
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, G.P.O. Box 3226, Kathmandu, Nepal
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: H. Ricardo Grau
Received: 9 April 2016 / Revised: 5 August 2016 / Accepted: 5 August 2016 / Published: 12 August 2016
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [5478 KB, uploaded 12 August 2016]   |  

Abstract

This research examines the impact of forest management regimes, with various degrees of restriction, on forest conservation in a dry deciduous Indian forest landscape. Forest change is mapped using Landsat satellite images from 1977, 1990, 1999, and 2011. The landscape studied has lost 1478 km2 of dense forest cover between 1977 and 2011, with a maximum loss of 1002 km2 of dense forest between 1977 and 1990. The number of protected forest areas has increased, concomitant with an increase in restrictions on forest access and use outside protected areas. Interviews with residents of 20 randomly selected villages indicate that in the absence of alternatives, rather than reducing their dependence on forests, communities appear to shift their use to other, less protected patches of forest. Pressure shifts seem to be taking place as a consequence of increasing protection, from within protected areas to forests outside, leading to the creation of protected but isolated forest islands within a matrix of overall deforestation, and increased conflict between local residents and forest managers. A broader landscape vision for forest management needs to be developed, that involves local communities with forest protection and enables their decision-making on forest management outside strict protected areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: protected areas; forest change; people-park conflicts; remote sensing; forest department; community protected areas; forest change; people-park conflicts; remote sensing; forest department; community
Figures

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Agarwal, S.; Nagendra, H.; Ghate, R. The Influence of Forest Management Regimes on Deforestation in a Central Indian Dry Deciduous Forest Landscape. Land 2016, 5, 27.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Land EISSN 2073-445X Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top