ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Flood Disasters and Forest Villagers in Sub-Himalayan Bengal

Conservation policies to protect wildlife and biodiversity ignore the basic survival needs and imperatives of local people. This article aims to show how conservation policies trigger floods in protected areas, especially those located in the foothills of the Himalayan mountain ranges, leading to huge damage to plantations and habitats as well as settlements of the local people. It also explores what forest villagers do when the whole village is destroyed by a natural disaster and the socio-economic consequences in the post-displacement period.

 

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