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Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management

P.C. Kotwal (Author) M.D. Om Prakash (Author)
Synopsis India is a growing economic power and is expected to grow at a sustained annual average rate of 7-8% in first leg upto the end of current decade and at the rates of nearing 10% by the later period of the year 2010. At this critical phase of its development, the resilience of this democratic nation remains in its commitment towards sustainable development, and economic prosperity without damaging the environmental and natural fabric of the nation, which is necessary for the well being of its diverse masses. However, sizable proportion of population is dependent of natural resources including forests, Under the changing scenario of economic, socio-cultural and developmental scene, ensuring the sustainability of natural resources particularly the availability of limited forest resources becomes a challenge for the sector. Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) becomes the necessity for the country looking to the dependency of rural poor on the forests for their livelihood. SFM incorporates the technical, ecological and economic aspects of the forestry as well as addresses the socio-economic and livelihoods of forest dwelling communities. Criteria and Indicators (C & I) approach being adopted by as many as 159 countries for achieving SFM. The C & I is framework helps to define the SFM and continuously monitor the various interventions made to improve the forests. The book is devoted ion this important aspect of the forestry sector of India and it is the first attempt of its kind on the theoretical and practical aspects of C & I for SFM. This book is made an attempt to help young persons who are studying SFM and other forestry subjects at college or universities to understand the concept and upgrade their knowledge on the subject. Throughout the book the complex subject has been made simple to understand. Part I gives an overview of the SFM, C & I for SFM in India. Part II describes the Biodiversity conservation and sustainability, Part III devoted to economic valuation of forest resources, giving note of existing system of forest resource accounting and distortion in it and also on the proposed forest resource accounting suiting to forestry situation in India. Part IV to VI discusses the issues of Forest certification and need, Forest monitoring and evaluation system, and National strategy for SFM>
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About the authors

P.C. Kotwal

Prof. P.C. Kotwal graduated from Vikram University, Ujjain. He did M.Sc. (1970) in Botany with Specialization in Forest Ecology, Ph.D. (1973) in Forest Ecology and D.Sc. (1989) Wildlife Management. His areas of academic interest are Forest ecology, wildlife, Biodiversity and Sustainable Forest Management. He is a recipient of prestigious “Project Tiger Award”. Government of India, twice in the years 1983 and 1993. He obtained Trainings on remote Sensing Application in Wildlife Management (FAO, Rome), Biodiversity Conservation (Bradford Uni.U.K.), and Protected Areas Management (Kasetsart University Bangkok). He published more than 100 research papers, books and monographs on areas of his academic interest. He is Professor at IIFM, Bhopal in the faculty of Ecosystem management & Forestry. He has a long and continued experience of research, teaching and training. He is recognized supervisor for Ph.D. research and national Project Leader of IIFM-ITTO research Project on “Sustainable Forest Management” and Coordinator of “Centre for Sustainable Forest management & Forest Certification” at IIFM, Bhopal.

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M.D. Om Prakash

Dr. M.D. Omprakash, Master of Science in Applied Geology from Karnataka University, (Karnataka). He did Doctor of Philosophy in Application of remote Sensing and GIS from Barkatullah University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Dr. Omprakash is working as Lecturer at Indian Institute of Forest management, Bhopal in the Faculty area of Applied Computer technology and Quantitative technique for Forestry Operations. He has a long and continued experience of research, teaching and training. His areas of interest are remote sensing and GIS application in natural resource management, watershed Management and criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management.

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Bibliographic information

Title Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.08.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170893399
length xii+312p., Tables; Figures; Annexures; 23cm.