Environment, Population and Human Settlements of Sundarban Delta

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  • Author :Anuradha Banerjee
  • Year of Publication :1998
  • ISBN: :9788170227397
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 424
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Demography, Environmental Science, Geography, Sociology

About the Book :

As the world community moves into the 21st century and mankind is really concerned about "sustainable human settlements", the Sundarban Delta provides a unique case of fragile balance between man, environment and his habitat. Till recent past Sundarban was thought to be fearful land comprising of innumerable islands, creeks, tidal forests, wild animals and natural calamities, that have played havoc time and again and had wiped off traces of ancient civilizations and famous ports. It is a lesser region of the country, irrespective of its natural resources base, and it's close proximity with the Calcutta metropolis. Against such a backdrop, the book provides an all-comprehensive view of this deltaic littoral, the peculiar components of its natural environment, population resources, and human settlements based on a detailed data base of both secondary sources and an extensive field work. Latest analytical tools and cartographic methods have been adopted for analysing human settlements. The book is organised into six chapters. Chapter One introduces the concepts, the region, the research design and methodology. Chapter Two focuses on the natural environment of the region. Chapter Three portrays the population profile of the region. Chapter Four deals with the settlement pattern of the region. Chapter Five focuses on the inter-regional pattern and characteristics of human settlements, based on the 200 surveyed villages. The quality of human settlements have been measured at the end. Chapter Six is based on population and settlements, a micro-level analysis of 400 households. The author also investigates the quality of housing at the end of this section. Finally, to conclude, the author recommends 14 points of improvement. The goal of sustainability and peoples participation has been called for

About Author :

Anuradha Banerjee has presented a holistic approach to the study of human settlements in the less studied Sundarban Delta. She has used a blend of theoretical and empirical information, as well as the latest analytical methods. Dr. Banerjee has graduated with honours in Geography from Lady Brabourne College, Calcutta University. She has also to her credit a Master of Arts degree in Geography, followed by a Master of Philosophy from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. A research fellow of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research during 1988-1993, she had also been awarded with a Doctor of Philosophy from JNU. She belongs to the fraternity of Social Scientists, the thrust of her research being Population and Human Settlement. Her research line also includes Human Ecology, Environment, Resource Studies, Social Development, Women and Child Development and Participatory Research. She has worked in the project Impact of Sea Level Rise Due to Green House Effect 'west Bengal and Orissa Coasts' sponsored by Department of Environment and Forests, Government of India during 1991-1992. She has also been associated in various capacities with voluntary organisations. She is a life member of Institute of Landscape, Ecology and Ekistics, Calcutta; and The Geographical Society of India. At present the author is working as a consultant in the Human Resource Development area of the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi.