Forests | VOL. 9, ISSUE 53, March-April 2009 |

Biodiversity Degradation in the Western Ghats

Sustainable resource extraction in the Western Ghats is possible under particular conditions, i.e., low population density, simple technology, localised resources and limited expansion. However, due to heavy dependence on forests, even subsistence livelihoods, such as in India, could lead to deforestation although the relationship between deforestation and wealth is not straightforward. Deforestation has multiple scalable causes that differs geographically, warranting site and case centric policies for them to be effective. We have conducted three studies in different regions of the...

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