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Forests, wildlife & people on the margins

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Forests, wildlife & people on the margins
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permeable landscapes in the Eastern Ghats, India
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Paul
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Diya
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1979-
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Diya Paul
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Hausermann
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Schneider
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Laura
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Laura Schneider
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co-chair
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Richard
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Athreya
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Vidya
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Vidya Athreya
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Rutgers University
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Wildlife and human needs are often enmeshed within discursive representations and praxis of wildlife conservation in the Global South. In India, more than three quarters of forested area is “unprotected.” These spaces are categorized as Reserve Forests and support diverse flora and fauna within complex landscapes of human settlement and agricultural fields. Much of this biodiversity remains understudied and underrepresented. This dissertation explores how biophysical and social factors coproduce space to create a conducive landscape for wildlife in the semi-arid Eastern Ghats of South India. I employ a mixed-methods approach to respond to calls for more integrated research in conservation, and use a range of data sources such as semi-structured interviews, household surveys, faunal surveys and satellite imagery. The findings illustrate how livelihood diversity and everyday practices of rural communities living on the periphery of four Reserve Forests shape both landscape composition and structure. Species distribution models that assess relative likelihoods of distribution of the Sloth Bear, Four-horned Antelope, Wild boar and Leopard in the study area provide insight into the socio-ecological conditions under which shared spaces are created and maintained. This allows me to untangle the relationships mediating wildlife presence in unprotected forests. By drawing on lifeworlds of a marginalized forest dependent community, I argue that representations of Reserve Forests need to be contextualized based on actual vegetation characteristics and the relations between people, wildlife and forests. The results show that heterogeneity in land-use/cover produces a permeable landscape that resists precise classification. This dissertation attempts to disrupt traditional conservation paradigms by showing that wildlife persists in human-dominated landscapes through a complex intersection of landscape composition and structure, forest management policies, everyday practices of rural communities and mutual adaptations between wildlife and people. Thus wildlife conservation in Reserve Forests should understand the landscape matrix, take into consideration diverse land uses and acknowledge the value of forests to rural communities.
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Geography
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1 online resource (xiii, 202 p. : ill.)
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Ph.D.
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Includes bibliographical references
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Wilderness areas--India
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Forest reserves--India
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by Diya Paul
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I hereby grant to the Rutgers University Libraries and to my school the non-exclusive right to archive, reproduce and distribute my thesis or dissertation, in whole or in part, and/or my abstract, in whole or in part, in and from an electronic format, subject to the release date subsequently stipulated in this submittal form and approved by my school. I represent and stipulate that the thesis or dissertation and its abstract are my original work, that they do not infringe or violate any rights of others, and that I make these grants as the sole owner of the rights to my thesis or dissertation and its abstract. I represent that I have obtained written permissions, when necessary, from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis or dissertation and will supply copies of such upon request by my school. I acknowledge that RU ETD and my school will not distribute my thesis or dissertation or its abstract if, in their reasonable judgment, they believe all such rights have not been secured. I acknowledge that I retain ownership rights to the copyright of my work. I also retain the right to use all or part of this thesis or dissertation in future works, such as articles or books.
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Access to this PDF has been restricted at the author's request. It will be publicly available after May 31st, 2019.
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