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Indigenous Knowledge, Forest Management and Forest Policy in South Asia

Proceedings of an International Seminar held in Kathmandu Nepal in 1998

Reflecting the latest findings of a large research project that began about a decade ago this volume, the 5th in the ongoing "Man and Forest" series, highlights the relevance of 'indigenous knowledge' of various South Asian tribal and rural communities in the sustainable management of forests and local resources? more specially against the growing challenges of economic development vis-a-vis environmental hazards and a declining resource base.

Not only the volume reiterates the relevance of indigenous knowledge as a development tool in this age of standardized, modern know-how applications, but also illustrates its enormous impact on the social development in tribal and rural areas. Not just in India but in the adjacent countries of Nepal and Bhutan as well are analysed forest policy issues. In these countries, particularly in the current scenario of regulation, the authors emphasise of both collective initiatives at the grassroots level and securing the locally accepted patterns of livelihood for the tribal and village communities. The volume includes widely varied case studies on the role of indigenous knowledge in forestry, community living, and joint management of local natural resources.

This book consists of 17 papers, based on cross-cultural, interdisciplinary investigations of well-known scholars of forest management, ethno-botanists, social anthropologists and of the members of several local NGOs involved in either community forestry or village development programmes.

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Reflecting the latest findings of a large research project that began about a decade ago this volume, the 5th in the ongoing "Man and Forest" series, highlights the relevance of 'indigenous knowledge' of various South Asian tribal and rural communities in the sustainable management of forests and local resources? more specially against the growing challenges of economic development vis-a-vis environmental hazards and a declining resource base.

Not only the volume reiterates the relevance of indigenous knowledge as a development tool in this age of standardized, modern know-how applications, but also illustrates its enormous impact on the social development in tribal and rural areas. Not just in India but in the adjacent countries of Nepal and Bhutan as well are analysed forest policy issues. In these countries, particularly in the current scenario of regulation, the authors emphasise of both collective initiatives at the grassroots level and securing the locally accepted patterns of livelihood for the tribal and village communities. The volume includes widely varied case studies on the role of indigenous knowledge in forestry, community living, and joint management of local natural resources.

This book consists of 17 papers, based on cross-cultural, interdisciplinary investigations of well-known scholars of forest management, ethno-botanists, social anthropologists and of the members of several local NGOs involved in either community forestry or village development programmes.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124602225
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124602220
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2003
  • Pages : xviii, 379 p.
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 800
  • Bibliographic Details : 40 Coloured photographs; Glossary; Index

Preface   
List of Abbreviations  
Contributors

1. Whispers of the Wild 

-- Girija Bhusan Patnaik

2. Indigenous Knowledge and Tribal Forest Life in Orissa 

-- Klaus Seeland

3. Man-Nature Relationship of the Juang of Juangpirh (Kendujhar District, Orissa)

-- Nityananda Patnaik

4. Biodiversity in Juangpirh, Orissa 

-- B.P. Choudhury

5. Food, Folk and Forest 

-- Alok Rath

6. Economical and Biological Potential of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) in the Similipal Hills of Orissa

-- Mihir Kumar Jena

7. Forest Use among some Tribes of Orissa 

-- Kamala Kumari Patnaik

8. Joint Forest Management -- Merger of two Traditions?

-- Nadja Ottiger

9. What alternative would Conserve Forests Better? Empirical Studies on Joint Forest Management in Orissa

-- Padmini Pathi

10. People's Institutions and Joint Forest Management ? Possibilities and Problems in the Context of Rajasthan (India)

-- S.N. Bhise
-- A.S. Mehta

11. Agroforestry Development and Management through Human Resource Development at the Grassroot Level

-- Laj Pal Bharara

12. Community Forestry in the Terai: The Churia Forest Development Project in Nepal

-- Jurgen Fichtenau

13. Participatory Management of Natural Resources with Forest User Groups -- A socio-cultural study in the mid-hills of Nepal

-- Christian Rosset
-- Klaus Seeland

14. Environmental Perception and Forest Management among the Tamang of Southern Kavre

-- Buddhi Tamang
-- Amrit Yonjan

15. Traditional use of Blue Pine (Pinus Wallichiana) and its impact on the Forest Structure in Central Bhutan

-- Christina Giesch

16. Simple Participatory Forest Inventory: A Key Factor for Sustainable Forest Management

-- Robin aus der Beek

Visuals  
Glossary 
Index
   
 
   

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