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Management of Social and Natural Resource Conflict in Nepal: Realities and Alternatives

Bishnu Raj Upreti (Author)
Synopsis Nepal is in the midst of conflict for the past seven years, which has several economic, political, social and developmental implications in Nepal. This book, based on the analysis of social and natural resource conflicts, examines the causes of conflict such as failure to meet social, political, and economic needs of people due to scarcity of resources, corruption, bad governance, changing economic conditions, etc. This book critically looks on the fundamental structural causes of conflict and assessment of performance of existing conflict resolution apparatus available in Nepal. Responding constructively to social and natural resource conflicts requires more ingenuity, creativity, commitment and alternative methodology. This book provides alternative methodology to address over growing social and natural resource conflict in community to transform conflict into a means for positive non-coercive social change. The book argues that establishment of democratic ideals in governance systems and equitable distribution of resources can positively contribute to conflict. This book has demonstrated that existing legally engineered conflict resolution systems are expensive, pro-elite, and inaccessible to general mass of population and are heavily influenced by power and position. This book also challenges the dominant thinking and prevalent belief that social conflicts are always pathological, dysfunctional and should be suppressed through legal engineering to harmonise and homogenise the heterogeneous society.
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About the author

Bishnu Raj Upreti

Bishnu Raj Upreti holds a PhD in conflict management (2001) from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He is actively engaged in conflict transformation and peace research as a researcher in South Asia. During 26 years of professional career, he has engaged in teaching and research at University of London and University of Surrey in the UK as well as teaching at Kathmandu University and South Asian Institute of Technology of Purbanchal University. He worked in international organizations such as UNDP, SDC, IDRC, IUCN, SNV, UMN, International Alert, DANIDA, DFID, ADB, MS, WFP, FAO, and CARE International, ARD Inc, in the capacity of professional staff and consultant. He has also spent some years in government service as an assistant agricultural economist selected from the Public Service Commission. He has eight books to his credit on conflict management and many articles in different national and international journals, magazines and edited books. Currently, he is Regional Coordinator, South Asia Coordination Office of Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR)-North-South, based in Kathmandu.

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Title Management of Social and Natural Resource Conflict in Nepal: Realities and Alternatives
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Adroit Publishers
Language: English
isbn 9788187392323
length xviii+371p., Tables; Figures; References; Glossary; 23cm.