Narratives of the Sundarbans Forest at Shora
This chapter explores the lives of the Shora community in relation to the Sundarbans forest. The people of Shora grow and live with the Sundarbans, as it is the main source of their livelihoods and a core part of their lives. This chapter describes the empirical findings that show how the people of Shora have developed indigenous and customary knowledge about the Sundarbans and the collection of forest resources for several generations. Whilst women and men collect forest resources differently and with different environmental impacts, there is also consideration of the illegal activities in the forest that are causing long-term environmental insecurity. This chapter also acknowledges that there has been a noticeable change in the widely used customary knowledge system of the Shora community and concludes that the passing on of knowledge from one generation to the next is helping retain the individual knowledge system.
KeywordsSundarbans Shora Knowledge of the forest Forest resources
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