International Journal of Advanced Research and Development

International Journal of Advanced Research and Development


International Journal of Advanced Research and Development
International Journal of Advanced Research and Development
Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2017)

Forest depletion and people’s vulnerability: A study of Sorada range in Ganjam, Odisha


Dr. Lakshmi Prasad Panda

Vulnerability is the exposure of groups of people or individuals to stress, disruptions in livelihoods, loss of assets and income and loss of security and life, rather than to specific agents of disaster, such as floods, windstorms or technological hazards. Degradation of forest takes the local communities to various states of uncertainty, and render them vulnerable to a number of associated problems. Vulnerability such as climate vulnerability, product vulnerability, species vulnerability, land use vulnerability, livelihood vulnerability and health vulnerability are associated with the loss of forests. The paper focuses on to the degree of influence of forest depletion on socioeconomic vulnerability of people? An attempt is made here to assess this influence. The problem raised here is examined through a case study of 107 households who have settled in 5 tribal villages (Ramanbadi, Rubangi, Gambhariguda, Balasi and Sanaganda) of Sorada Forest Range, Ganjam district, Orissa. In total they collect 28 types of products from the forest, out of which 9 are common to all villages. Dimensions of disruption is measured through decline in collection of the 9 forest products over last 5 and 10 years. Since socioeconomic vulnerability is not a directly quantifiable and measureable phenomenon, one of its proxy indicators, namely inadequate days of food is chosen for the study. Three surrogates of forest loss such as increase in collection time, increase in travel distance and decrease in forest income are used to measure the influence of forest depletion on vulnerability. Both simple and general regression models provide the strong evidence to the conclusion that the forest depletion positively influences vulnerability in the region, beyond a minimum. People try to avoid this vulnerability at the cost of forest itself, which calls for policy and institutional innovation.
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Dr. Lakshmi Prasad Panda. Forest depletion and people’s vulnerability: A study of Sorada range in Ganjam, Odisha. International Journal of Advanced Research and Development, Volume 2, Issue 5, 2017, Pages 530-536
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