Common Property Resource Management: A Focus on Forestry

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From a number of perspectives on the current debate around managing common property resources, this volume discusses a variety of topics, including forest rights, sacred groves, deforestation at high altitudes, e-governance issues, concerns over industrialization, and agro forestry produce as well as a host of other issues that underline forestry and its implication to economic growth in India. Arguing that the challenge lies in enabling new institutions and strengthening traditional ones that have worked well, ...

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Overview

From a number of perspectives on the current debate around managing common property resources, this volume discusses a variety of topics, including forest rights, sacred groves, deforestation at high altitudes, e-governance issues, concerns over industrialization, and agro forestry produce as well as a host of other issues that underline forestry and its implication to economic growth in India. Arguing that the challenge lies in enabling new institutions and strengthening traditional ones that have worked well, this book offers a better understanding of the concepts governing property rights and demonstrates how they are central to the manner in which markets develop in today’s universe of inclusive growth.

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Editorial Reviews

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“The papers in this volume present a pragmatic overview of various challenges that the country faces today in its valiant attempts at managing common property resources. This book goes beyond merely providing a checklist of problems; it provides some examples of how forestry in particular has been managed through some fascinating examples and case studies.”  —Rajiv Kumar, secretary general, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

“A much needed discussion on one of the most crucial issues of our time, and a timely intervention in the debates on environmental degradation, sustainability, and governance. There are a number of questions that arise out of the discussion on managing common property resources and, while all are not addressed here, there are interesting pointers on how some communities have handled this in various parts of India.”  —Ali Mir, professor, School of Management, New York Institute of Technology

“This book brings together academics and practitioners together in discussing a most critical policy issue facing various vulnerable groups that depend on forest produce. A must read for all those interested in resource management, forestry, industry interface for forest produce, water policy, microfinance, and in enabling markets for players on the fringes of the economy.”  —Amitabha Sadangi, chief executive officer, International Development Enterprises India

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788171888917
  • Publisher: Academic Foundation
  • Publication date: 9/26/2012
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Amir Ullah Khan is an electronics and communication engineer at Osmania University, the dean and director of research at the Bangalore Management Academy, and an adjunct professor of business and law at the Edith Cowan University. He has also worked on various research projects for the European Commission, National Council for Applied Economic Research, Planning Commission, and the World Bank. He is the author of The WTO Deadlocked: Understanding the Dynamics of International Trade. Mousumi Majumdar is a senior faculty member at Bangalore Management Academy and a researcher with more than 10 years of experience. She is also a former research associate at Visva Bharati University and at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a former data analyst at Bank of America.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors/Contributors 9

Glossary of Acronyms 17

Foreword 21

Managing Common Property: An Introduction to the Debate 23

I Forests as Common Property

1 Revolutionising the Approach of Forest Management Mousumi Majumdar 43

2 Economic Growth, Human Development and Protection of Common Property: Cross-State Analysis of Forest Sector in India Sacchidananda Mukherjee Debashis Chakraborty 61

3 Environment and Sustainable Development: New Perspectives, Challenges with a Vision for Future Anjali Dewan 75

II Managing Common Property: Case Studies

4 Institutional Issues in Self-Initiated Forest Management Systems of Jharkhand in Eastern India Bhasker Mittra 95

5 Jhum Cultivation: A Threat to Forestry? Moirangthem Prakash 117

6 Traditional Institutional Mechanisms for the Management of Common Property Resources: A Case From Karnataka Ashok S. Alur N.V. Hiremath R. Mohammed Jane Carter Rupa Mukerji B.N. Divakara 135

7 Dynamics and Sustainability of Common Pool Resources: A Case Study on the Management of Sacred Groves in Kerala Sunil D. Santha K. S. Ratheeshkumar 155

8 Evolution from Thengapalli to Community-based Ecotourism: Dhani South Pancha Mouja Jungle Surakshya Samiti Pankaj Sharma 167

III Governance, Laws and Industry

9 E-governance of the Forest: Management by Multivalence David Michael Cook 177

10 Restoring Indian Forests through Microfinance K.K. Kaushal 205

11 Commons, Community Rights and Statutory Laws: Politics of Forest Use in Uttarakhand Himalayas Pampa Mukherjee 215

12 Industrialisation of the Bamboo Sector: Challenges and Opportunities Amir Ullah Khan Arnab Kumar Hazra 225

13 Agroforestry for Minimising Food, Fodder and Fuel Scarcity S.K. Karn Sarita Mutha Jain 251

IV Regional Issues in Forest Management

14 Intra-Community Conflict Resolution Mechanism and the Role of Social Capital: Lessons from a Joint Forest Planning and Management Project in Karnataka Ozmond Roshan D'Souza 261

15 Joint Forest Management-led Socioeconomic and Environmental Change in Orissa R.K. Panda C.R. Das 281

16 Developing strategies for Rehabilitation of Orans and Gauchars of Western Rajasthan Naveen K. Bohra Pradeep Chaudhry 295

17 Forest Dependences and Depletion: Socioeconomic Analysis of Forest Protection Committee Members in the Bankura District of West Bengal Soumyendra Kishore Datta Krishanu Sarkar 305

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