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Perception, utilization, and management of renewable natural resources by rural women: A brief review


Jaspreet Kaur, Ritu Mittal, Varinder Randhawa



Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Year : 2018, Volume : 14, Issue : 2
First page : ( 390) Last page : ( 396) 
Print ISSN : 2277-5412. Online ISSN : 2322-0430.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2322-0430.2018.00150.6

Perception, Utilization and Management of Renewable Natural Resources by Rural Women: A Brief Review

Kaur Jaspreet*, Mittal Ritu, Randhawa Varinder

Department of Home Science Extension Education and Communication Management, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141004 (Punjab)

*Corresponding author’s email:

JEL Codes Q20, Q21, Q23, Q24, Q25, Q51.

Online published on 22 June, 2018.


Natural resource management at household level assumes significance in effective utilization of scant resources. Over-exploitation of the country’s resources like land, water, fuel etc. has resulted in degradation of resources mainly due to industrial pollution, soil erosion, deforestation and urbanization. Women have direct contact with natural resources like fuel, food and fodder, forest, water and land especially in rural areas where 70 percent of Indian population resides and directly dependent upon natural resources. Because women are the primary users of natural resources, their role in the management of renewable natural resources cannot be overlooked. Women are responsible for using these resources to satisfy the basic needs of their families. The scarcity of natural resources of water, fuel wood and fodder causes social tension and disturbances in the social system. This paper discusses the challenges in the management of renewable natural resources and participation and utilization of renewable natural resources by women who live in close association with these resources.

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