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Contemporary Studies in Natural Resource Management in India

S.B. Roy (Editor)
Synopsis The nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw colossal destruction of forests due to farming and overexploitation for timber fuel and raw materials for industry. It is only in the last two decades that efforts were made towards sustainable utilisation of forest resources through peoples’ participation. With the adoption of Joint Forest Management the process of degradation could not only be stopped but also revered. Peoples’ participation in the management of forests and sharing of usutructs from resuscitated forests is the key to the success of JFM. JFM planning involves microplanning through bottom-up approach while conventional forest working plan is a macroplan with top-down approach. The microplaning process evolves the strategy and operational plan to involve the villagers in conservation of forest along with forest department staff. The object of JFM has gradually shifted from merely providing usufructs to improving livelihoods through sustainable forest management. The application of modern technology of RS/GIS in the field of inventory updation has made JFM realistic and measurable. In this volume experts examine the problems and prospects of management of natural resources through peoples’ participation. The concept of microplanning is the driving force behind all the case studies. The book will be immensely useful to researchers, planners, policy makers, forest department officials, NGOs’ voluntary organizations and individuals engaged in propagating Joint Forest Management.
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About the author

S.B. Roy

Professor S.B. Roy received degrees of B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. )Anthropology) from Calcutta University and a Ph.D. from Bhagalpur University. He has completed Certificate Course on Social Forestry from East West Center, University of Hawali, USA. Professor Roy is the Founder Chairman of the Indian Institute of Bio-Social Research and Development (IBRAD). Besides, he has been a Professor at Vinod Gupta School of Management and a Visiting Professor at the Rural Development Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. As a visiting professor, he has imparted training at the University of Wales, University of Manchester, Helsinki University, Gadjah Mada University and was invited to a seminar at Delft University, Chinese Academy of Forestry. Professor Roy is the first social scientist to introduce socio-ecological approach and implement the concept of Bilateral Matching Institution (BMI) through training and action research. He has authored / edited a number of books and written several research papers for national and international journals.

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Bibliographic information

Title Contemporary Studies in Natural Resource Management in India
Author S.B. Roy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121004098
length 339p., Figures; Tables; Index; 23cm.