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Community-based Natural Resource Management

Community-based Natural Resource Management
Issues and Cases in South Asia

First Edition
  • Ajit Menon - Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India
  • Praveen Singh - School of Human Ecology, Ambedkar University, Delhi
  • Esha Shah - University of Sussex, UK
  • Sharachachandra Lele - Cised
  • Suhas Paranjape - Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development, Bangalore
  • Kj Joy - Society for Promoting Peoples Participation in Ecosystem Management, Pune

September 2007 | 378 pages | SAGE India
Non-governmental organisations today, as part of civil society, have come to play a prominent role in South Asia in the context of community-based natural resource management (CBNRM). This book examines the theory and practice of NGO-driven CBNRM within the framework of emerging critiques of dominant discourses of development, the micro-politics of decentralisation and the projection of community development. The book breaks new ground by contextualising these critiques using six detailed cases of CBNRM initiatives.

The authors delve into the extent to which CBNRM offers a vision for the future and question what role, if any, could NGOs paly in this. They seek to understand the insights into CBNRM that intervening agencies generate through their work, by examining the outcomes of the interventions and the strategies used to achieve them.

The book concludes that though these CBNRM efforts have made significant contributions to livelihood enhancement, the results gained are limited in the equitable access to benefits, sustainability of resource use, and in terms of democratic decentralisation.
Ajit Menon, Praveen Singh, K.J. Joy and Suhas Paranjape
Hivre Bazar: A 'Model' Watershed Experiment?
Suhas Paranjape and Esha Shah
Utthan's Work in Nathugadh, Gujarat
Esha Shah and Praveen Singh
Community-Based Natural Resource Management in Gopalpura, Rajasthan
Ajit Menon and K.J. Joy
Community-based Natural Resource Management in Bhutan: The Case of the Lingmuteychhu Watershed
Sharachchandra Lele and Praveen Singh
Community-Based Natural Resource Management in the Central Himalayas: The Work of the Doodha Toli Lok Vikas Sansthan
Sustainable Livelihoods in Riverine Charlands: The Case of Gona Chetona
Praveen Singh and Suhas Paranjape

The book attempts to analyse the potential as well as limitations of NGO-driven CBNRM endeavours across agro-climatic regions of South Asia with emphasis on four intrinsically linked normative concerns, namely sustainability, livelihood enhancement, equity and democratic decentralization…consists of well-written chapters based on rigorous synthesis of CBNRM case studies, which will serve as good references for students, researchers and practitioners in the years to come.

Current Science

The book is based on thorough research and gives valuable insights into the NGOs-led CBNRM besides listing some innovative experiments by these agencies. It not only gives a critical theoretical perspective within a comparative framework of the diverse forms of works undertaken by these NGOs but also presents a perspective on the future role and aspirations of these NGOs.

The Tribune

The authors attempt at comprehending the outcomes in terms of livelihood enhancement, sustainability, equity and democratization.

The Book Review

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ISBN: 9780761935742

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