Landscape Approach Addressing Alternative Realities of a Rural Realm

Maheshwari, Deepa and Priyesh Shah, Divya (2019) Landscape Approach Addressing Alternative Realities of a Rural Realm. In: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium "Forward Together: A Culture-Nature Journey Towards More Effective Conservation in a Changing World", November 13-14, 2018, San Francisco, California. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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PART 3. ENHANCING RESILIENCE, ADAPTATION AND SUSTAINABILITY - Linking Resilience, Sustainable Heritage and Community Livelihoods /// The rural landscapes of India are lands of stories, of people and their associations to a deeprooted culture that is closely knit to their natural settings, lending them their complex identity and providing the potential for allowing multidisciplinary research. Dahanu in rural Maharashtra is widely known as the fruit bowl of the Konkan region. Tucked between a range of twelve mountains of the Western Ghats to the east and the Arabian Sea to west, the regional setting makes this place unique, giving it an identity that has groomed different tribes, a large fishing and a farming community occupying specific niches and related occupations. Its customary ways of life are strongly rooted to the cultural wisdom of the local tribes and agrarians. Steeped in its history is also the story of these tribes, the once keepers of the forest and its rich resources, and how external influences led them to become the now workers surviving in a meagre way. Owing to the national notification of the region as an ecologically sensitive zone, its natural settings and agricultural lands are protected from being taken over by large scale industrialization. However the communities here live in an ironic reality, where the same laws which had sheltered their lands have failed to provide alternative ways of development corresponding to their modern economic aspirations. The paper looks at outlining landscape strategies with a strong empathy towards ecology, culture and community to generate innovative and sustainable methods of development that are both economically and ecologically viable.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Maheshwari, Deepa
Priyesh Shah, Divya
Languages: English
Keywords: Cultural landscapes; Rural landscapes; Moutains; customs and traditions; traditional practices; local communities; know-how; agriculture; social and economic aspects; ecological aspects; development; sustainable development; protection of cultural landscapes; India
Subjects: Q. LANDSCAPES > 06. Agricultural Landscapes
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 02. Agricultural heritage
Q. LANDSCAPES > 07. Indigenous/Traditional landscapes
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
Q. LANDSCAPES > 16. Landscape Management
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Dahanu, Maharashtra, Konkan region, India
National Committee: United States of America
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2020 14:11
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2020 14:11
References: Michelle Chawla, Geetanjoy Sahu, “Environmental Movement in Dahanu: Competing Pulls, “Economic & Political Weekly, December 3, 2011, Vol. XLVI no 49.

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