TitleA socio-economic survey of the Singchung Bugun Village Community Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsBorah B, Velho N, Srinivasan U
Date Published05/2020

Community-managed lands often lack vital baseline information that assesses both natural resource dependence, as well as perceptions of power, involvement and support in management. We interviewed 171 households from 16 villages in the buffer of the Sin chung Bugun Village Community Reserve (SBVCR) in Arunachal Pradesh, India. In total, 68% stated that SBVCR would be beneficial to wildlife and in terms of ecosystem services, and 45% expressed support for its formation. However, 76% identified multiple threats to the Reserve, including forest fires, hunting and agricultural expansion. Different parts of the Reserve were identified as being important for resource extraction, non-extractive uses and the need to be disturbance-free (with varying overlaps across these areas), thus calling for adaptive management.