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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 291

Relocation from Protected Areas

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. Relocation from Protected Areas. Conservat Soc 2007;5:291

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. Relocation from Protected Areas. Conservat Soc [serial online] 2007 [cited 2020 Jul 3];5:291. Available from: http://www.conservationandsociety.org/text.asp?2007/5/3/291/49234

The relocation of people from protected areas is a heavily contested topic in conservation circles throughout the developing world. Whereas some stress on the requirement for preservation of inviolate areas for biodiversity conserva­tion, others oppose the idea on social grounds-that the practice is unjust and probably unnecessary. The outcomes of such debates also have important im­plications for the livelihoods of people living within and around protected ar­eas in general, especially with reference to South Asia and Africa.

Divergent opinions on the historical, social, political and legal aspects of relocation were showcased in a recent issue of Conservation and Society (Volume 4, Number 3, 2006). The publication of this issue generated a great deal of interest from the journal audience and we have been encouraged to in­vite more contributions on this topic. This issue of Conservation and Society therefore includes four more contributions on the subject.

We are especially happy to note the range and breadth of the responses in terms of disciplinary perspective and geographical arena. Jane Carruthers on South Africa and Lotte Hughes on East Africa bring deep historical perspec­tive to the issue while blending these with urgent contemporary dilemmas. Annu Jalais draws attention to the human tragedy that accompanied a largely unheralded instance of coercive eviction in the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve, In­dia, while Rucha Ghate and Kim Beazely reprise ongoing issues in a Tiger Reserve in western India.

We still await more responses from those concerned with the biological and natural sciences, as they will be critical to developing a more holistic ap­proach to these complex issues. More responses will be published in upcom­ing issues of the journal.


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