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Resource dependence and attitudes of local people toward conservation of Karbartal wetland: a case study from Indo-Gangetic plains

The Kabartal wetland is situated in the mid- Ganges basin supporting a large population of migratory and residential waterfowl as well as people's livelihoods. This paper examines the wetland-society linkages, resource dependence and attitudes of local living in villages around Kabartal wetland. The results show that 67% of locals depend on the wetland for a variety of needs such as fodder, fuel wood, construction materials and fish. However the agrarian nature of the local economy creates conflicts for land with calls for draining water out of the wetland to make more land available for cultivation. Although conservation is generally supported by the population the economic conditions dictate less emphasis on that.

Author(s): 
Ambastha, K. Hussain, S.A. and Badola, R.
Source: 
Wetlands Ecol. Management
Volume etc.: 
15, 287-302
Year published: 
2007