IK for socioeconomic development and biodiversity conservation: The Kolli hills

TitleIK for socioeconomic development and biodiversity conservation: The Kolli hills
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsRajasekaran, B, Warren, DM
JournalIndigenous Knowledge and Development Monitor
Date PublishedSept 1994 [Aug]
Keywordsbench terraces; deforestation; forest gardens; India; Kolli Hills; terraces; tree species

For generations local people have been the custodians of biodiversity. Unfortunately, their basic requirements somtimes force them into activities that lead to a loss of biodiversity. Therefore, it is essential that programmes aimed at conserving biodiversity should take into account the basic livelihood systems of local people. Moreover, indigenous knowledge can be used to fulfil socioeconomic needs and conserve biodiversity at one and the same time. This article explores the diversity of the indigenous agroforestry systems practised by the people of the Kolli Hills, identifies the factors which force local people to engage in activities that erode those systems, and formulates policy interventions designed to make effective use of indigenous knowledge, not only to meet socioeconomic needs but also to conserve biodiversity.


Version published in IKDM. Publication of the IKDM has ceased as of December 2001. The Indigenous Knowledge and Development Monitor was a journal that served the international development community and all scientists who share a professional interest in indigenous knowledge systems and practices (IKSP). The Monitor, produced by Nuffic-CIRAN in cooperation with the indigenous knowledge resource centres in various parts of the world, has two sections: articles and communications.

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