Siruvani Hills Case Study

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Siruvani hills a part of Western Ghats comprises pristine semi evergreen, moist and dry deciduous forests and represents rich diversity of flora and fauna. It is located away from the hustle bustle of the busy city at about distance of 25 km west of Coimbatore. A famous kovaikutralam water falls is located inside these forests.

In the foothills of Siruvani, six hamlets of Irula tribe are located with a population of around 550. Tribal community in these areas is dependent on non-wood forest produce, and are unable to cultivate their agricultural lands totaling 45 ha due to frequent raids by wild animals especially elephants and water scaricityscarcity.

Socio-economic condition of the communities residing in these villages is poor. Whether
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She could not continue her study for a long due to poor financial conditions of family. Few years back she went for agriculture labour work where she could hardly get Rs 40 as daily wages. Now wages have increased and we can get up to 200 rs per day, but we do not get work regularly she said. In Singamapathy village she found the love of her life Rangaswami and she tied a knot with him at the age of 18. Life was not easy says Chinnatai as they could not get much yield in their agriculture land due to water scarcity and elephant raiding moreover they did not get labour work on continuous basis and daily wages which they were getting were too low to have a decent …show more content…
There is a pressing need to control the invasion of this weed which is affecting biodiversity of native vegetation in different forest areas. Forest department in Coimbatore is looking for different options for management of this notorious invasive weed with community participation. tribal community are involved in mechanical control of Lantana by manually cutting and uprooting and at the same time this Lantana wood is being utilized to develop sustainable livelihood options for the community. Total 80 tribal folkes from three hamlets are being trained in making value added products such as low cost furniture, baskets, handicraft, toys and other utility articles using this Lantana wood. Assistance is being provided to communities in marketing the products in potential market areas in Coimbatore and other major cities. Market linkages are established in Coimbatore and other major cities in South India for sustainable marketing of these products involving local organizations, departmental stores, malls and organizations such as Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited

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