Environmentalist Vandana Shiva on Chipko movement I became a volunteer as a young student in the Chipko movement of the 1970s which I think shaped our contemporary history very strongly. But Chipko wasn't
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Barter system, biodiversity and livelihoods of tribal communities: cultural diversity and conservation in eastern Himalaya
Arunachal Pradesh, being the largest state in eastern Himalayan region, has unique biodiversity and diverse cultural resources. The state is the homeland of five ecosystems and 26 major tribes. The livelihood security of tribal communities is determined by terrestrial and aquatic indigenous bioresources.
Built on the logic of "development', big dams have wreaked havoc on indigenous communities in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh with regular flooding. By pursuing predatory development the central and state governments are equally culpable of visiting disaster on the region.