Striving for Sustainability: Environmental Stress and Democratic Initiatives in Kerala
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About the Book :
This book takes stock of Kerala environmental decline as well as people's response towards possible alternatives that meet the basic criteria for sustainability. Dealing with the world environmental crisis, Dealing with the world environmental crisis, with special reference to Kerala, it discusses at length Kerala geographical setting, its environmental resource base, its macro and micro ecological zones, and causes of concern such as changes in land use and landscape ecology. Emphasizing Kerala initiatives for sustainable development, it takes a close look at various movements to protect Kerala environment, government initiatives for environmental resource based planning, and people's participation for sustainable development. The book will be useful for researchers, policy makers, environmentalists and development workers.
About Author :
Srikumar Chattopadhyay, M. Sc. And Ph. D. in Geography from the University of Calcutta, is a scientist at the Center for Earth Science Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He received a Post Doctoral Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research on sustainable development at the Environment and Policy Institute of the East-West Centre, Hawaii, USA in 1989-90. He was a visiting faulty member in the Department of Earth and University, USA in 2002. In 1994, he received the Dr. S. Vasudev Award and in 2001 he received the R.N. Dubey Memorial Award.
Richard W. Franke is a Professor of Anthropology at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He received his PH. D. from Harvard University in 1972 and has worked in Surinam, Indonesia, West Africa, the Netherlands, France, and Kerala in India.