Saturday, May 1, 2010

Jarawa Tribal Reserve Dossier: New Publication from the Andaman Islands

Dear Friends,
We are very happy to announce the release of a new publication on the
Jarawa Tribal Reserve of the Andaman Islands:

Cultural and Biological Diversities in the Andaman Islands

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No. of Pages: 212; 12 colour plates; 11 colour maps
One of the most distinctive, but relatively little known features of the Andaman Islands is an entity of land and sea called the Jarawa Tribal Reserve (JTR) – a space legally notified in the name and, arguably, the interests of the Jarawa tribal community. Until recently, the Jarawa were hostile to outsiders. As a result, those who might otherwise have exploited the resources of the reserve – poachers, settlers and developers – were denied access.

However, the Jarawa have now chosen to cease hostilities, and the borders of the Jarawa Tribal Reserve have become permeable to intrusion, even though legally off limits to outsiders.

The multiple changes that have ensued have enormous ramifications for both the Jarawa people and their lands. As much of the information relating to the Jarawa and the Reserve remains scattered and difficult to access, this Dossier has undertaken to bring together within the covers
of one publication, information and views about the JTR emanating from a number of distinct disciplines.

Indeed, one cannot comprehend the complex interactions between the biological and cultural diversity of this unique people and place without adopting an interdisciplinary perspective.

The dossier is made up of 10 original or previously published papers:

1) Colonisation and conflict resolution
Manish Chandi

2) Hostile borders on historical landscapes
Vishvajit Pandya

3) Territory and landscape around the Jarawa Reserve
Manish Chandi

4) The Jarawa Reserve: the Last Andaman forest
Manish Chandi & Harry Andrews

5)The Jarawa Tribal Reserve: an important bird area
Bombay Natural History Society

6) The Jarawas and their lands
Anthropological Survey of India

7) Impact assessment around the Jarawa Reserve
Harry Andrews

8) Andaman Trunk Road and the Jarawa situation
Samir Acharya

9) The ATR is like a public thoroughfare through one's private courtyard
Dr RK Bhattacharya

10) Only management of traffic needed on the ATR
Dr SA Awaradi

The dossier also Also contains a comprehensive set of annexures that includes the entire Andaman and Nicobar Islands Protection of Aboriginal Tribes Regulation (ANPATR) - 1956; the policy on the Jarawa tribe as approved by the Kolkata High Court, rules of the Andaman Adim Janjati Vikas Samiti (AAJVS), medical regime for the treatment of Jarawas and a compilation of a conflict incidents involving the Jarawas.

The document also has 11 colour maps that for the first time provides detailed and comprehensive insight into the changes in the Jarawa REserve boundary, vegetation, vegetation density and land cover classification, and location of Jarawa camps within the forests of the
Jarawa Tribal Reserve.

If you are interested in receiving copies of the publication please write to me at

Jpeg versions of the dossier cover a few pages, maps, and photographs can be seen below.

The link to the dossier on UNESCO's document system is the following:

Pankaj Sekhsaria


Animal and Plant Diversities

Annexure VII: List of conflict incidents involving the Jarawas

Map III: Changes in the Jarawa Tribal Reserve Boundary

MapVIb: Land Cover Classification

Back Cover

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