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Watershed Management and Sustainable Development

K. Gopal Iyer (Editor) Upendra Nath Roy (Editor)
Synopsis The Book contains empirical studies from different regions of the country explicating the issue of Sustainable Development of Watershed Management. The empirical studies in the North-West Region have examined the replicability of Sukhomajri Model in the States of Panjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, and Uttaranchal. The Sukhomajri model has been widely acclaimed for its concept off ‘social fencing’ and demonstrating the equity ingredient of social sustainability. The replication of this model on a large scale in North-Western States has shown that ecological and economic sustainability, have been adequately substantiated but with respect to social sustainability there have been several problems. The ingredients of ‘social equity’ have not been ensured as the watershed projects could benefit the landed but not the landless. The inequality between the landed and the landless have accenturated after watershed projects and accordingly the scheduled castes and other landless could not derive much benefits from the project. Besides it, the women participation and empowerment also has been weak. The highlights of the studies in other regions of the country have sharply focused on the role of NGO’s and dedicated leadership as the strength of social sustainability of the watershed projects. They have been able to strengthen social-institutions of the village community which have enabled the watershed projects to be socially sustainable. This book will be of interest to a wide range of scholars, activists, voluntary organizations, administrators, and policy makers as watershed management has been the prime agenda for the Planning Commission for last 4-5 year plans particularly for the dryland and rainfed areas.
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About the authors

K. Gopal Iyer

Dr. K. Gopal Iyer was a Professor in Sociology in Panjab University, Chandigarh for more than 15 years and retired on 31st January, 2002. He had also worked earlier in Patna University, V.V. Giri National Labour Institute and National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. His publications include areas of Agrarian Studies, Land Reforms Peasant Movement, Sustainable Development, Environmental Issues, Agricultural labour, Migranat Labour, Industrial Labour, Tribal and Dallit Issues, and Social Movements.

Upendra Nath Roy

Dr. Upendra Nath Roy is a great scholar of participatory research and issues of sustainable development with special reference to watershed management. He has done PG in Rural Management. He has done PG in Rural Management from XISS, Ranchi. He worked in a leading NGO named ASSEFA in the tribal areas of Rajasthan for two years. He qualified for the UGC – Net for the JRF and lectureship in the year 1992 and joined his Ph.D at the Centre for Rural Development and Technology, IIT Delhi. He has also expertise in different appropriate technologies like organic farming, vermiculture, rural sanitation and low cost construction technologies, water resource management, bee keeping etc. He has published more than 35 papers in national journals, and national and international seminar and conferences. Presently he is working as a Lecturer at Technical Teacher’s Training Institute, Chandigarh.

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Bibliographic information

Title Watershed Management and Sustainable Development
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173917000
length xxxiv+528p., Figures; Tables; Index; 23cm.