Vol. 2, Issue 6 (2017)
Sacred groves of thar desert: A case study of Kolu Pabuji Oran of western Rajasthan and its biodiversity profiling
Author(s): Mamta Rawat, Sumit Dookia
Abstract: Sacred groves (orans) are an age old conservation practices of natural resources adapted by visionary locals of desert of Rajasthan since time immortal, in order to survive extremes of harsh climate during the prolonged period of famines. The practice of leaving a considerable fraction of land for grazing grounds has been a key practice of almost all villages of western Rajasthan. These groves play not only an important role in community based conservation of biodiversity but also provides food security to combat poverty in the harshest periods of prolonged droughts, when the economy of Rajasthan is largely livestock based. The floral and faunal biodiversity profiling of Kolu Pabuji Oran has been inventoried to highlight the importance of such community managed village commons and their role in biodiversity conservation in present context.
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