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Forest Governance and Sustainable Resource Management

Forest Governance and Sustainable Resource Management

First Edition
  • Irshad A. Khan - Honorary Professor, Amity School of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, Amity University, Noida

April 2019 | 248 pages | SAGE India

Forest Governance and Sustainable Resource Management vividly presents the current state of management and governance of forests and other natural resources in India.

It focuses on the substantial underperformance and need to ensure effective implementation of the national forest policy to arrest further depletion of India’s rapidly declining forest cover. The book extensively covers the history of forestry in India, the various forest policies, the legal and management frameworks, the various international conventions and protocols for dealing with climate change and how effective forest management can enable their implementation. It recommends various strategic, implementational and governance reforms to deal effectively with the current situation. A highlight of this book is its extensive coverage of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+), a climate change mitigation solution adopted by the United Nations, and India’s state of readiness in implementing it. The book suggests that foresters need to overcome their siege mentality and instead work towards empowering themselves to play a more proactive role in saving India’s forest resources.

Part I: Forest Management and Policy Evolution
Organized Forestry Inception
Forest Policy
External Donors Influencing Policy: The World Bank
Part II: Forest Resource Management
Forest Resources
Forest Management
Part III: Approaches Adopted in the Past and Their Outcomes
Social Forestry, Afforestation and Wastelands Development
Participatory Forest Management
Livelihood from Forests
Part IV: Forest Legislation and Governance
Legislation as Instrument of Forest Policy
Assessment of India’s Forest Governance
Part V: Emerging global Issues, Commitments and Challenges
Climate Change and Forests
Appendix: National Forest Policy, 1988—A Review Matrix
Key features
• This book focuses on forest sector governance, a much-neglected topic in India. 

• It presents a detailed view of forest management as practised in India since the colonial times. 

• It critically evaluates and validates the notion that poor forest governance is the main reason for the depletion of forest cover in India. 

• It highlights the various forest reforms that have been introduced under the influence of external donors such as the World Bank.

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ISBN: 9789353281953