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Joint Forest Management in India (In 2 Volumes)

A K Kandya (Editor) K.N. Krishna Kumar (Editor) P. Bhattacharya (Editor)
Synopsis Forestry represents the second-largest land use in India after agriculture, covering almost 641, 130 square kilo meters, about 22 percent of the total land area (FAO 2005). Forests provide a wide range of products environmental  services and ecological benefits. About 275 million poor rural people in India depend on forests for at least part of their subsistence and cash livelihoods, which they earn from fuelwood, fodder, poles, and other non timber forest products, such as fruits, flowers and medicinal plants. Seventy percent of India's rural population depends on fuelwood to meet their domestic energy needs. Half of India's 89 million tribal people, the most disadvantaged section of people, the most disadvantaged section of society, live in forest fringe areas, and a significant percentage of India's 471 million livestock are sustained by forest grazing or fodder collected from forests. Forests is one of the most important resources for the very survival of human beings, especially those who are living in around the forest. However, one of the major reasons for its depletion is unsustainable exploitation often by the same very people whose survival depends on the forests. National Forest Policy 1988 envisaged the concept of people's participation for sustainable management of the Natural resources, which became the essence of Joint Forest management (JFM) in India. This concept originated in our country and spread over all the developing countries as it is in favour of rural masses, poor tribal populations and environmental improvement. In last years, JFM has showed a multifaceted dimension in different parts of the country. Being a site specific activity, its impact on forest conservation not only depends upon the type of forest, terrain, soil, climatic factors but also on the socio-economic profile and the cultural trends prevalent in the society. The book has attempted to give an overall picture of Joint Forest management in India. it has dealt with several facets of JFM from Policy to commissioning and brings about the success stories as well as the problems faced in the implementations of the program in different areas with or without external funding supports in project mode in various states. There are 49 papers relating to several issues of JFM and have been grouped under following six themes: Policy, Legal Issues and property Rights regimes in JFM and its Challenges; Livelihood Opportunities for Sustaining JFM; Ecological ramification of JFM and Innovations in Silvicultural aspects; Institutional Innovations Issues in JFM and its Implementations; Emerging Opportunities for Diversifying JFM; State presentations on the Status of JFM. The book provides all relevant and latest information about participatory forestry in India and would be useful for first scientists, policy makers, forest officers, planners, researchers and the students of forest and environmental management.
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About the authors

A K Kandya

Prof. Anand Kumar Kandya is a renowned teacher in the department of Botany at Dr. Hari Singh Gour University, SAGAR, M.P. He did his M.Sc. Botany (Forest ecology) in 1971 and Ph.D. in 1974 from the same university. He worked in the Institute of world Forestry, Hamburg, Germany in 1976-1978 at the Institute of Silviculture, freiburg, Germany in 1983 in the Department of Forestry, Ehime University, matsuyama, japan in 1985-1986 (JSPS) and as a visiting Professor at the university of applied Sciences, Eberswale, Germany in 2001. he was awarded a fellowship by INSA in 2005 and visited Tropical Botanical green Houses at Germany. He has been Chairman and Resource Person in several International symposia organized by IUFRO. He was gifted with an HPCL (High Performance Liquid Chromatographic System,) of the worth of DM 40,000 by GTZ (German Association for technical Cooperation) in 1985 in recognition of his productive collaboration with the German scientists. Prof. Kandya has co-authored a book Handling of Forestry Seeds in India. Recently he has published Professor G.P. Mishra felicitation volume entitled Advancing Frontiers of ecological Researchers in India. He also has to his credit 70 research/review articles published in national and international journals and as chapters of books.

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K.N. Krishna Kumar

Prof. K.N. Krishna Kumar, a Doctorate in Agricultural extension is currently working as the professor of Communication Methods & Extension at the Indian Institute of Forest management (IIFM), Bhopal. He has 25 years of teaching, research, training and extension experience related to Agriculture & Forestry extension while working in different organizations like Govt. Soil testing laboratory, State department of Agriculture, Agricultural university and IIFM as well as closely associated with many leading national and international organizations. he has published/presented more than 50 papers out of his research related media communications and extension education. He has served as the expert member in the Curriculum/Syllabus formation committee of IIFM, IGNOU and central Institute of Fisheries Education (ICAR). His other areas of interests are Community based ecotourism, Agro forestry, Participatory watershed management Community mobilizations & organizations.

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P. Bhattacharya

Dr. Prodyut Bhattacharya, Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal holds a Ph.D. in Forest Product (Ethnobotany) and has been teaching Forestry and Natural Resource Management since 1994. Currently he is the Coordinator of the International centre for Community Forestry (ICCF), a centre of excellence at IIFM. He has supervised 21 research projects sponsored by various International and National donor agencies and has organized more than 50 national and international training programs in the field of forestry. He has to his credit 80 publications in journals, books, book chapters and reports. His subject interests include Community Forestry, Forest Governance, NTFP, Medicinal Plants and Agro-forestry. he has been guiding a number of Ph.D. scholars. He has traveled widely and visited more than 20 countries on different academic assignments, he has traveled widely and visited more than 20 countries on different academic assignments, he is a Beahrs Environmental Leadership Programme (ELP) fellow of the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

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Bibliographic information

Title Joint Forest Management in India (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.02.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788179102428
length xxvi+338p.; xxvi+660p., Tables; Figures; References; Index; 25cm.