Abstract

 

 

Accepted 5th October, 2015

 

Socio-economic study of 42 villages in the forest fringe areas in Tiruvannamalai district was conducted during January to March, 2013. Data on villages profile, households and dependency of villages on forests was collected and analyzed critically. The study reveals that the forest fringe village dwellers depend on forest for fuel wood, fodder and other NTFPs.  Hence, it is opined that forests play a very critical role in livelihood of villagers in forest fringe areas. Hence, management of forests with the co-operation of fringe village dwellers would be of good approach for sustainable management and utilization of forests and forest products

 

Keywords: Socio-economic status, forest fringe villages, Tiruvannamalai District, Tamilnadu