A Gendered Environmental Justice Perspective of Tiger Reintroductions to Sariska Tiger Reserve
The reintroduction of Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) to the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan, India, has resulted in perceived increases of human-wildlife conflict for local villagers. Because previous evidence from other settings suggests that women may experience human-wildlife conflict differently than men, this research employed a comprehensive environmental justice framework to explore how women have been uniquely impacted by tiger reintroductions. Findings from focus group discussions with villagers suggest that women bear greater burdens from increased tiger presence, yet these costs are not typically acknowledged by men, and women do not feel that their perspectives were considered in the reintroduction process. Viewing human-tiger conflict through an environmental justice lens allows us to offer socially-oriented mitigation recommendations, such as empowering local women to engage in self- organized activism.
Rubino, Elena, and Kalli Doubleday. 2021. "A Gendered Environmental Justice Perspective of Tiger Reintroductions to Sariska Tiger Reserve." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 36(1): Article 5. Available at: https://egrove.olemiss.edu/jrss/vol36/iss1/5