"Environmentalism and Forest Rights of Tribals in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada Districts of Karnataka "
Reservation of forests and direct channelisation of natural resources to meet the commercial demands of market from British period has degraded forests in Western Ghats. It has badly affected the livelihood of tribals. They are facing threat to their economic, social and cultural life. Tribals are also treated as encroachers and given notices to vacate the forests. In response environmental and tribal movements emerged. They have demanded recorded rights over land and forest resources. The Forest Rights Act-2006 gives some relief to tribals.