Decentralization and the cultural politics of natural resource management in Kerala, India

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This article examines decentralization and the cultural politics of natural resource management in Kerala, India. The proposed construction of a dam along the Chalakkudy River will displace two colonies of the Kadar tribe in Chalakkudy and Athirapilly towns, destroy habitats of local wildlife and devastate unique riverine vegetation endemic to the region. The author's interviews reveal that tribal communities perceive that their place in society restricts their contribution regarding natural resource management and use. The paper suggests that unless the culture of planning and decision making in the state are changed, decentralized strategies will be ineffective, resulting in a predominately top-down approach towards natural resource management, and will negate Kerala's goal of democratic decentralization.

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Singapore journal of tropical geography, issn : 0129-7619, 2014, vol. 35, n°. 3, p. 397-411, nombre de pages : 15, Références bibliographiques : 3 p.

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Pays édition : Singapour, Singapore, University of Singapore

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