Biswa Swaroop Das

Project Assistant, Coastal and Marine Commons, Odisha

Qualifications:  MA in Natural Resources and Governance, TISS Hyderabad, 2019, BA in English Literature, BJB Autonomous College, Bhubaneswar, 2017

Email: biswa@dakshin.org

During my masters I developed a strong interest towards various issues underlying conservation, development and the role of community institutions in the governance of commons. The Natural Resources and Governance designed by the FES (Foundation for Ecological Security) gave me adequate field exposure to understand the nuances of bottom up issues. As part of a team I was involved in a study of IFRI (International Forestry Resources and Institutions), on how local institutions and governance arrangements shape forest use and management outcomes in Koraput, Odisha. For my master’s dissertation I studied the scope of conservation as an alternative livelihood among communities dependent on mangrove forests of Bhitarkanika, Odisha.

Currently I am associated with the Coastal and Marine Commons project which is an action research project aimed at documenting the uses of the coastal and marine commons by the coastal communities, related traditional ecological knowledge and existing governance systems. This documentation is aimed at strengthening the claim of local fishing communities over their commons in the context of their marginalisation and alienation.

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