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Women’s role in management and utilization of forest resource in hills of Rawain valley of Uttarakhand

Vardan Singh Rawat* and Jagdish Chandra


Traditional knowledge system has been a key to the survival of the hill society, be it in cropping, forestry or health. It has not only ensured continuous livelihood of farm households but also ecological sustainability. Farming in the hills is highly interdependent with forestry and animal husbandry, and women have been the backbone to this totally integrated system. They have a high workload but have successfully preserved transformed and carried traditional knowledge from generation to generation. However, women’s role as the preservers and carriers of this knowledge has not been extensively recognised so far in the present studied area. The present study is aimed to explore how the women of hills of Rawain valley access the natural resources and their role as a preserver of traditional knowledge.


Rawain Valley; Forest resource utilization; Sustainable Livelihood.

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