Arunachal Pradesh: Integrating Culture and Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Development

R C Sundriyal

Abstract


With 26 major and over 110 sub-tribes that distinguish themselves with their diverse culture, Arunachal Pradesh can truly be considered to be at the biological and culturalcrossroads of Asia. The state’s forests are home to a large number of trees, flowers, orchids,rhododendron, medicinal plants, bamboos, canes and a wide variety of wildlife.
But in spite of this natural abundance, it is one of the least developed states in the countryand this can be attributed to the lack of proper infrastructure.Hence the need of the hour is to carefully plan a development strategy where traditionalvalues and modern tools will work in tandem.
The writer in this article highlights the aspirations of the local people to preserve their culture, so that modernization process does not disrupt the age-old tradition and social fabric of the State. The writer feels that the local knowledge on medical practices, trees, bamboo and cane, indigenous practices on food and other material processing needs to be documented and patented, wherever desired.

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