Occupational Issues in Sundarban
This chapter deals with occupational issues faced by the inhabitants of Sundarban. They depend on farming and fishing, which are natural resource-based activities that are highly susceptible to climate stimuli. Farming is affected by seasonality, irrigational insufficiency, and other infrastructural issues. Fishing is constrained by environmental activism, which generally fails to consider the economic entitlements of fishers. Ecotourism falls flat because of the lack of participation by most local people; most of the revenue is drained by multinational companies and other stakeholders. The people of Sundarban, therefore, experience extreme marginality in their respective activities; they may not even get a job for more than 6 months at the local level. Thus, migration is often the best option to cope with the situation.
KeywordsFraming Fishing Ecotourism Environmental legislation Livelihood conflict
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