Anthropology and conservation: inter-relationship and future perspective

Buddhadeb Chaudhuri (IUAES)
Buddhadev Chowdhury
Roy Ellen
301 B
Start time:
17 May, 2014 at 13:30
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Short abstract:

Anthropology and Forestry both have documents and practices of conservation and still the trend can be being proceeded further in future perspective building

Long abstract:

Both Anthropology, the scientific study of mankind in bio-social science and forestry, the scientific study of silvicultural practices for the growth of the forests talk about the conservation practices for the well-being of the human societies. In Anthropology, in its social and cultural contexts the Socio-cultural Anthropology deal with human culture, livelihoods, diversities, system and aesthetic matters. Both Anthropology and forestry were introduced in our country during colonial rule for their own requirement of colonial administration, i.e., revenue and timber-harvesting through exploitation and oppression of the marginal communities. On the contrary, the outcome of their own strategy and ruling over the colonial India stored the chronicle of people's activities in the paths of conservation. In the former the documentation of the Indian communities has made a treasure of conservation ethos and conservation diversities of the communities. In the latter since the "Charter of Indian forests" in 1855 the forests were taken into the state management regime towards forest conservation enunciating the forest policies and acts in different stages. Today the ethnographic reports & ethnological studies and the various Anthropological Museums depict the tribal-forest interfaces in the conservation frame, with special emphasis on various approaches of forestry and forest management in the indigenous lands of India. This panel aims to discuss the contributions of Socio-cultural Anthropology in the conservation practices and ethos in the human societies and the application to perspective building in sustainable development.