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Policy and Governance Implications for Transition to NTFP-Based Bioeconomy in Kashmir Himalayas

Peerzada, Ishtiyak Ahmad; Chamberlain, James; Reddy, Mohan; Dhyani, Shalini; Saha, Somidh 1
1 Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Forests of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) have a rich diversity of valuable non-timber forest products (NTFP) that local communities extract for their sustenance and income. The region is home to over 60% of species recognized for novel bio-medicinal properties in the Indian Himalayas. There is significant national and international demand for these species, providing income and employment for more than 60% of the population of J&K. Despite this, NTFP are not adequately recognized for their contributions to rural livelihoods and the regional economy due to the lack of appropriate policy and governance mechanisms. In this study, we embrace a bioresource vision to examine challenges and opportunities for transition to a sustainable bioeconomy in J&K. Selected NTFP were considered for valuation to showcase their bioeconomy potential using two approaches. First, we used the ‘market price method’ to estimate the contribution of NTFP to the local economy. Second, the ‘maximum willingness to pay method’ was used to project the bioeconomy potential of NTFP in the region. The analysis reveals that local communities’ revenues could increase by as much as 18 times their current price with appropriate actions to include NTFP. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000139465
Veröffentlicht am 20.12.2021
DOI: 10.3390/su132111811
Zitationen: 8
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2071-1050
KITopen-ID: 1000139465
HGF-Programm 37.11.02 (POF IV, LK 01) Societally-Feasible Transformation Pathways
Erschienen in Sustainability
Verlag MDPI
Band 13
Heft 21
Seiten Art.-Nr.: 11811
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung This article belongs to the Special Issue Forest Policy and Management Practices for the 21st Century
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 26.10.2021
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