Local knowledge and conventional soil science approaches to erosional processes in the Shivalik Himalaya

C. A. Scott, M. F. Walter

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Abstract

Local ("indigenous') knowledge and conventional ("modern') science are both limited in their abilities to mitigate soil erosion hazard in the Himalaya. Local knowledge primarily responds over the long term and over areas beyond the actual site of soil loss. Conventional science emphasizes erosion control in the short term and on-site. A case study from the Shivalik Hills in India is used to demonstrate these complementarities. The local dialect contains a detailed lexicon for landforms, soils, hydrology, and erosion, suggesting that environmental processes are understood. In the local approach to erosion, land use is altered to maintain biomass productivity. Conventional science seeks to reduce downstream sedimentation by controlling erosion through structural and vegetative techniques. In the Shivaliks, local approaches are complemented by conventional techniques (sediment traps, earthen dams and planting trees and grasses). In the process, productivity has increased and sedimentation has been reduced. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-72
Number of pages12
JournalMountain Research & Development
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Development
  • Environmental Science(all)

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