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Man in the Forest

Local Knowledge and Sustainable Management of Forests and Natural Resources in Tribal Communities in India

In the management of renewable resources, forests have undeniably a vital role. And today, more than ever before, their conservation is an urgency. In view of this dire necessity, Man in the Forest tries to highlight the high relevance of indigenous knowledge of Indian tribal communities in the sustainable management of forests/local resources -- more specially against the growing challenges of economic development vis-a-vis environmental hazards and a declining resource base.

A scientific inquiry into the area of 'indigenous knowledge' is basically an effort to discover/rediscover (in the tribals' traditional modes of production and conservation) appropriate means to cope with the problems of modernity affecting largely the lives of the poor: not only in precarious environments, but amidst fast-depleting local resources as well.

Essentially a selection of papers: based on cross-cultural, interdisciplinary investigations, the book takes a critical look at both the ascribed benefits and limitations of indigenous knowledge in general, and with regard to forest management by local tribal people in particular. Also including, contextually, an overview of the various aspects of forests lifestyles, forest use, and management of natural resources in different climatic and cultural zones on the subcontinent, the authors emphasize the social meaning of forests as a cultural legacy -- with case studies from different regions of India, namely, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.

It is the first volume in the the newly-launched series about 'Man and Forest' in South Asia, putting together research findings that represent accounts of experience and empirical evidence in the fields of forest management, social anthropology, ethno-botany, economy, forest policy and cultural history.

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In the management of renewable resources, forests have undeniably a vital role. And today, more than ever before, their conservation is an urgency. In view of this dire necessity, Man in the Forest tries to highlight the high relevance of indigenous knowledge of Indian tribal communities in the sustainable management of forests/local resources -- more specially against the growing challenges of economic development vis-a-vis environmental hazards and a declining resource base.

A scientific inquiry into the area of 'indigenous knowledge' is basically an effort to discover/rediscover (in the tribals' traditional modes of production and conservation) appropriate means to cope with the problems of modernity affecting largely the lives of the poor: not only in precarious environments, but amidst fast-depleting local resources as well.

Essentially a selection of papers: based on cross-cultural, interdisciplinary investigations, the book takes a critical look at both the ascribed benefits and limitations of indigenous knowledge in general, and with regard to forest management by local tribal people in particular. Also including, contextually, an overview of the various aspects of forests lifestyles, forest use, and management of natural resources in different climatic and cultural zones on the subcontinent, the authors emphasize the social meaning of forests as a cultural legacy -- with case studies from different regions of India, namely, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.

It is the first volume in the the newly-launched series about 'Man and Forest' in South Asia, putting together research findings that represent accounts of experience and empirical evidence in the fields of forest management, social anthropology, ethno-botany, economy, forest policy and cultural history.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124601525
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124601526
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2000
  • Pages : xiv, 372 p.
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 650
  • Bibliographic Details : Index

Preface
Contributors
(in order of their contributions)

1. The Meaning of Indigenous Knowledge in the Use and Management of Renewable Natural Resources : Examples from applied research in India

-- Klaus Seeland
-- Franz Schmithusen

2. The Socio-Cultural and Political Context of Sustainable Forestry Practices

-- Franz Schmithusen

3. What is Indigenous Knowledge and Why Does it Matter Today?

-- Klaus Seeland

4. Explorations into the Conservation of Indigenous Knowledge for Resource Management in india

-- Sonja B. Brodt

5. Eco-Diversity and Indigenous Knowledge on Forests

-- Nityananda Patnaik

6. People's Perception and Indigenous Knowledge of Land Resource Conservation in Rajasthan

-- Laj Pal Bharara

7. Conflicts, Resolution and Institutions in Forest Resources Management: Experiences from the Traditional Mountain Communities of Arunachal Pradesh

-- Ruchi Pant

8. Indigenous Knowledge in Traditional Modes of Forest and Tree Management in the Central Himalaya, India

-- N.P. Melkania

9. Natural Resource Management and the Role of Local Knowledge in the Western Himalayas

-- Sudha Vasan

10. Man's Relationship with Forest -- Deification of Trees and Plants

-- Harish Chandra Das

11. Forests and Tribal Economy

-- Shasi Kant

12. Forest and Tribal Sacred Complex: A Comparison of Three Tribes of Orissa

-- Mihir Kumar Jena

13. Forests, Tribes and Resources

-- Sricharan Behera

14. Symbolic Representation of Being in the Sacred Art of the Saora of Orissa

-- Padmini Pathi

15. Folk Medicines and Plants used by Tribals of Phulbani and Koraput Districts of Orissa and their Future

-- Kamala Kumari Patnaik

16. Trees for Timber and Trees for the Forest : Aspects of Indigenous Knowledge of Wood and Stone in Karnataka, India

-- Jan Brouwer

Index

 

 

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