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Ecological restoration of abandoned tea plantations

Ecological restoration of abandoned tea plantations

Author: Chetan H C

Number of pages: 154

Globally, millions of hectares of tropical forests have been cleared and replaced with commercial plantations. Many of these plantations are abandoned or put to alternative use. Abandoned plantations provide opportunities that compensate to an extent, forest cover depletion in the tropics. However, restoration of such abandoned land to natural forests involves a complex interplay of ecological, socio-economic and legal issues. Apart from ecological issues of colonisation, there are social issues of rehabilitating people once they lose their livelihood, legal rights of the landowner, economics of abandonment and finally legal issues such as protected areas (PAs) act and legislation that can lead to abandonment. In the Western Ghats, tea plantations were established in the rainforest during the colonial rule and are owned by individuals or large companies. During the globalisation process, the demand for tea decreased and many small owners could not maintain their plantations due to labour and other issues which led to the abandonment of many such plantations. In addition, plantations established during the British rule are now inside PAs, and they face closure once the lease on the ...

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Charter of transdisciplinarity

Author: Basarab Nicolescu

Number of pages: 231

Premier ouvrage de synthèse sur cette nouvelle approche transdisciplinaire qui intègre à la fois le scientifique, le culturel, le spirituel et le social dans sa compréhension du monde. [SDM].

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