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Aakib Farooq Matta

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Aakib Farooq Matta
Department of Regional Planning and Economic Growth, Barkatullah University, Bhopal

Matta, Aakib Farooq. "COLLECTION OF NON-TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS AND DYNAMICS OF FOREST DEPENDENCE." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 4, no. 3, Mar. 2019, pp. 2240-2248, Accessed Mar. 2019.
Matta, A. (2019, March). COLLECTION OF NON-TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS AND DYNAMICS OF FOREST DEPENDENCE. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 4(3), 2240-2248. Retrieved from
Matta, A. (2019, March). COLLECTION OF NON-TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS AND DYNAMICS OF FOREST DEPENDENCE. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 4(3), 2240-2248. Retrieved from

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Forests are the source of livelihoods for billions of living organism. Forests provide food and shelter to the countless wild habitants, they are acting as a separate eco-system where everything is depended on each other. The symbiotic relationship in forest eco-system is a live proof of forest interdependence. Apart from this interdependence of forest eco-system, forests are an important source of food and other requirements of human also. Forests acts as major source of food to the millions of forest dwellers or fringe people. From hundreds of years' people were collecting materials from forests for their food, clothing, shelter and fuel. The development of nations is still positively related with its forest cover, forests not only provide the direct benefits like food and fuel but also sustain the space where humans are settled. The overwhelming importance of forest can be understood from its contribution to eco-system, the eco-system of which humans are a single part. Forest protect the land for settlement, balance the atmosphere and conserve the hydrosphere. As for the human development is concerned, forests stable the land for our settlement, clean the air and provide the water and of these are the better indicators of sustainable development of human race. Forest also provide multiple direct benefits for the purpose human development, they provide material to several industries like furniture, paper, food, medicine and other construction related industries. The benefits from forests are not alike for all, some are directly while others are indirectly benefited by the forests and some are highly benefited while others are comparatively low. Several studies on forest dependence has revealed the significance of forest cover to development of forest fringe villages across the world. Forest are considered the natural market for forest dwellers where from they get their basic needs of life. This paper will also try to find out how the fringe villages of Kashmir valley (A Himalayan valley) are depended on the forest and how the dependence on these forests are changed over the time. The paper will analyze the collection of NTFP by the fringe population of Uri block of Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir and how the dynamics of collection has changed.