Intersecting Knowledge with Landscape: Traditional Wisdom and Environmental Sustainability- A Case Study of Santal Community of Purulia District of West Bengal

Climate change already has environmental effects and contributes significantly to the present crisis in biodiversity. The indigenous people are sensitive to climate-based changes because of their close link to and dependence on local, sometimes fragile ecosystems. Identifying climate-related disturbances and implementing appropriate adaptation measures will be crucial for increasing indigenous communities’ long-term resilience in the face of climate change. Due to several issues, such as globalization, poverty as a capacity deficiency, and the exclusion of certain groups from education and other facilities, new environmental concerns have been a concern. Ascertaining environmental equilibrium in natural resource management necessitates adopting a concept called “Traditional Ecological Knowledge” (TEK). This empirical study aims to understand the role of indigenous ecological knowledge in ecological sustainability among the Santal community of the Purulia district of West Bengal.