Strangeness in the mist

Changing climate and environment affect adivasi lifestyles in Kodagu, Karnataka

By Coorg Organisation for Rural Development (COORD)

Cattle grazing is affected by changes in Kodagu grasslands. Photo: aurovillecoffeeideas.in

Kodagu (Coorg), that was famous for different types of trees, shrubs and medicinal herbs, is now facing serious environmental threats thanks to  changing weather patterns and human interventions. A temperate climate and good, predictable rains once favoured  adivasis living along the misty hill folds and in the lush woods here,   supporting their farming, cattle rearing, fishing and honey collection. But of late a changing environment laced with an overdose of chemical fertilisers,  pesticides and industrial pollution  no longer support their livelihoods.

This  case study shows that interventions have to be in line with local practices.  People-friendly and people-oriented management of forests and other natural resources are essential for maintaining a balanced environment so as to protect the rich bio-sphere of Kodagu.    (More...)