Biodiversity Conservation in India: Management Practices, Livelihood Concerns and Future Options
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About the Book :
The present book examines the current laws and management strategies in forest reserves and their effectiveness in conserving dwindling bio-diversity resources. Case studies from biosphere regions, marine regions, as well as terrestrial regions by various scholars reflect constraints and threats and argue that a management approach at the landscape level that involve local people’s ‘real participation’ with improving livelihoods and well-being might be the best possible alternative for viable conservation strategy in developing countries like India. This book would be of interest to anthropologists, sociologists, geographers, environmental scientists, natural resource managers, foresters, human rights activists and above all policy makers and others who wish to preserve the remaining habitats of the country.
About Author :
Bidhan Kanti Das is Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Senior Grade) at Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata (IDSK). He was awarded with Gold Medal for First class First in Masters Degree in Anthropology. He worked as UGC-JRF and SRF for five years. He also worked as Protected Area Sociologist at Buxa Tiger Reserve, Department of Forests in West Bengal under World Bank assisted India Eco Development Project from 1998 to 2003. He is engaged in research in current forest conservation policies, livelihood impact on forest dependent people, Forest-Tribal interface for last 15 years. He has published more than 30 research articles in various national and international journals of repute. He has, also, presented papers in many international and national conferences. He taught post graduate students of Anthropology at Vidyasagar University for eight years.
Ajit Banerjee is Visiting Professor at R.N. Tagore Centre for Human Development Studies (RNTCHDS), Kolkata. He served in the Indian Forest Service for 22 years. He completed his Ph.D. in Forestry at the University of Toronto, Canada. He was also a senior forestry specialist at the World Bank from 1984 to 1995. He also worked in China as a Consultant promoting participatory forestry on behalf of KfW, the German Development Bank. He has published many papers and research reports on social and community forestry in international and national journals of repute. He has also edited a book entitled Footprints in the Forests published by Nataraj Publishers, New Delhi. His major contribution to forestry was the Arabari experiment which formed the precursor to now famous Joint Forest Management of over 20 million hectares of forests in India.