Biodiversity and Conservation

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 211–222

Perception of local people towards conservation of forest resources in Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, north-western Himalaya, India

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10531-006-9116-8

Cite this article as:
Silori, C.S. Biodivers Conserv (2007) 16: 211. doi:10.1007/s10531-006-9116-8


This article examines the perception of the Bhotiya tribal community on the use and conservation of natural resources in Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (NDBR), north-western Himalaya in India with an objective of identifying the bottlenecks in the sustainable management of forest resources of NDBR through people’s participation. Despite, 85% of the respondents supporting the concept of conservation of forest resources, management decisions such as ban on mountaineering activities by creation of the Nanda Devi National Park (NDNP) in 1982 and NDBR in 1988, developed negative attitude among local people towards NDBR management, mainly because of restricted access to the forest resources for their livelihood. Promotion of some alternative income generating activities to reduce the dependence on natural resources was responded positively by the local people.


Biodiversity conservationChipko movementPeople’s perceptionNanda DeviResource managementSustainable development

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)Southern Regional CentreBangaloreIndia