Fire supported forest utilisation of a degraded dry forest as a means of sustainable local forest management in Tamil Nadu South India
- Review Article
When scientific forest management was introduced in India under British rule in the second half of the 19th century, it provoked great controversy. Intense discussion surrounded the effect fire had on sustainable forestry. Based upon a 2-year empirical survey in the Kadavakurichi Hillock area of the Dindigul District of Tamil Nadu, this paper revisits that earlier debate. The data show that despite shortcomings in tree growth, areas consisting predominantly of forests largely degraded by frequent fire can satisfy the needs of the local population. The various forms of land use practised in these areas are sustainable at low levels, particularly non-timber forest produce management. Statistical analysis and prognosis indicate that local forest use and management through frequent fire should be able to support this region's livelihood under the prevailing poor environmental conditions as well as into the future. The positive aspects of the traditional fire management regime are discussed against the prevailing paradigm of fire prevention. Show more
Journal / seriesLand Use Policy
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Subjectsustainable forest management; Tamil Nadu; intentional forest fires; traditional fire management; degraded dry forests
Organisational unit03400 - Scholz, Roland W.
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