explain the role of community in forest conservation
Indian forests are home to different communities.These communities have a complex relationship with their environment. The Mundas and the Santhal of Chota Nagpur region worship Mahua and Kadamba trees.The tribals of Orissa and Bihar worship the tamarind and mango trees. Similarly the Bishnois of Rajasthan hold the antelopes in high reverence.For these communities,particularly flora and fauna are integral to their identity.so they take a number of steps to protect the same. Villlagers around the Sariska Reserve have opposed mining activites in a 1200 hectare area which they have marked as Bhairodev Dakav 'sonchuri'. The famous Chipko movement in the Himalayas has not only successfully resisted deforestation in several areas but has also shown that community afforestation with indigenous species can be enormously successful.Such activities have helped preserve patches of virgin forest land.