Jhum cultivation in NE India_Baharul Choudhury
Northeast India is very rich in biodiversity and is a part of mega biodiversity hotspots in the world. However, these vast natural resources including forests are in continuous threat from anthropogenic activities and natural calamities. This picture was taken from Nokrek Biosphere Reserve in Meghalaya (India) during 2004. Traditional slush-and-burn agriculture, locally known as "jhum cultivation" is very common among the tribal forest dwelling population in Northeast India. The impact is sometimes very high, as visible in this picture, and may be the cause for rapid forest cover loss in the country.
Image Credit: Baharul Choudhury, Concordia University
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