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Making Conservation Work

Mahesh Rangarajan (Editor) Ghazala Shahabuddin (Editor)
Synopsis Wildlife today is competing with some of India's most underprivileged people for survival. This apart, commercial and industrial pressures from far outside park boundaries reverberate within these fragile ecological oases, making them vulnerable in a way they never have been before. Reconciling the question of preserving what little wildlife remains with the needs of humans has never seemed as tangles. 'Fortress conservation', based solely on strict nature protection, is one response to these pressures, a response under attack. Recent tiger crises and tribal land rights debates have highlighted the opposition of strict preservationists to advocates of people's rights. Meanwhile, fresh work in sociology and biology, and innovative interventions, show new ways forward that do not neatly fit existing paradigms. This book moves from generalities to specific, from ideal models to working approaches, that seek to secure India's biodiversity by fashioning practical responses based on new, often unexpected, partnerships. A lucid Introduction outlines the conservation situation in India; the essays that follow illustrate various facets of it. Each essay is deeply grounded in the field -the Author explore whether and how far animal and human needs can be reconciled. Making Conservation Work articulates a new, urgent discourse on conservation. It is a volume that looks ahead with cautious hope. For also who want to understand the conservation debate today, this is an indispensable book.
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About the authors

Mahesh Rangarajan

Mahesh Rangarajan is Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, and former Professor of Modern History, University of Delhi. An environmental historian, he has also been a political analyst and has written extensively on conservation issues. He has also taught at Cornell University, New York; Jadavpur University, Kolkata; and at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bengaluru.

Ghazala Shahabuddin

Ghazala Shahabuddin, a PhD from Duke University, is a Fellow with the Council for Social Development, Delhi, and a research associate with the Wildlife Conservation Society. She has published extensively on sustainable forest use, the human impact on forests, and conservation-induced displacement. Her recent work is on forest management and resources extraction in relation to dry-forest birds.

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Bibliographic information

Title Making Conservation Work
Format Hardcover
Date published: 29.06.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 9788178241975
length xiv+298p., Tables; Maps; Bibliography; 23cm.
Subjects History