Cooperative Management of Natural Resources

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Most of India's natural resources are currently in very poor shape due to a variety of reasons, including sheer neglect, overgrazing, or indiscriminate exploitation. Because both privatization and nationalization have failed to stem the demise of natural resources, alternative ways to restore their productivity must be sought out. The contributors to this volume argue forcefully for collective or cooperative management as the most politically and socially suitable method for the management of natural resources. ...

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Overview

Most of India's natural resources are currently in very poor shape due to a variety of reasons, including sheer neglect, overgrazing, or indiscriminate exploitation. Because both privatization and nationalization have failed to stem the demise of natural resources, alternative ways to restore their productivity must be sought out. The contributors to this volume argue forcefully for collective or cooperative management as the most politically and socially suitable method for the management of natural resources. Beginning with an overview of the rationale for and development of the cooperative management model, this volume brings together experiences from diverse regions of India. Fourteen case studies covering a wide range of natural resources—such as wastelands, forests, groundwater, surface water, and fisheries—are examined in depth. Both descriptive and analytic in nature, these case studies present the salient characteristics of the different resources, their users, and the existing system of resource use and management. Finally, the contributors provide practical guidelines on how to organize resource users and educate them on how to manage shared resources more efficiently and equitably over the long term.
An important book for development practitioners and policymakers, Cooperative Management of Natural Resources is also valuable supplementary reading for courses in natural resource economics, environmental management, agricultural economics, and rural development.

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In the light of the failure of both nationalization and privatization to slow or reverse the degradation of the environment in India, contributors to a December 1992 workshop advocate the management of natural resources by rural cooperatives. After an introduction and overview, they present 14 case studies, among them the Vatra tree growers, salt miners in the Little Rann of Kachchh, sabaigrass processing and marketing in Orissa, irrigation companies and tubewell cooperatives of Guyarat, and fishery cooperatives in West Bengal. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803993082
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Pages: 272

Meet the Author

Professor Katar Singh is currently Honorary (Founder) Chairman, India Natural Resource Economics and Management (INREM) Foundation, Anand which is a nongovernmental academic organization committed to promoting teaching, training and research in natural resource economics and environment management, and improving natural resource management policies and programmes. He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, and has done postdoctoral research and advanced course work in natural resource economics from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA and from the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University Bloomington, USA.

He has over 45 years of teaching, training, research and consulting experience in the areas of agricultural and rural development, and natural resource economics and management. He was Director and RBI Chair Professor in the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), India, and has also had a short stint as Director, Bankers Institute of Rural Development, Lucknow. He has also taught at the GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India.

He has coordinated and conducted several research and consultancy projects funded by national and international agencies. A prolifi c writer, he has published over 120 articles and papers in professional journals of repute and authored/coauthored nine books, including a textbook Rural Development: Principles, Policies and Management, Second Ed. (SAGE, 1999), and another entitled Environmental Economics: Theory and Applications (SAGE, 2007), coauthored with Dr Anil Shishodia. He has also coedited three books, namely, Co-operative Management of Natural Resources (SAGE, 1996), Natural Resource Economics: Theory and Application in India (Oxford & IBH, 1997), and Designing and Managing Rural Development Organisations (Oxford & IBH, 2000).

Professor Singh is a life member of numerous bodies including the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics (ISAE) and the Indian Association of Public Administration (IAPA). He has been recipient of several awards and honours, including Rathindra Puraskar 2003, awarded by Visva Bharati University, Santi Niketan, in recognition of his significant contribution to education in rural development and Sir Chhotu Ram National Award for the year 1996–97, awarded by CSS Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar, in recognition of his outstanding research work in the field of agriculture and rural development.

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Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview - Katar Singh, Vishwa Ballabh and Thomas Palakudiyil
The Vatra Tree Growers' Cooperative Society - Rakesh Saxena
People's Participation in Organising and Managing Tree Growers' Cooperative Societies - Katar Singh and Suresh Subramaniam
A Case Study from Orissa
The Village Cooperative Forest Societies in Himachal Pradesh - Chetan Agarwal and Katar Singh
Cooperative Management of Minor Forest Products in Madhya Pradesh - Dinesh K Marothia
A Study of a Sabaigrass Processing and Marketing Cooperative Society in Orissa - Katar Singh and Dilip Kumar Mohanty
The Salt Miners' Cooperatives in the Little Rann of Kachchha in Gujarat - Katar Singh and Saumindra Bhattacharya
A Study of a Cooperative Lift Irrigation Society in Western Maharashtra - Thomas Palakudiyil
Farmer Organisation for Lift Irrigation - Tushaar Shah and Saumindra Bhattacharya
Irrigation Companies and Tubewell Cooperatives of Gujarat
Irrigation Cooperatives in Maharashtra - R K Patil and S N Lele
Experiences and Lessons
Cooperative Management of Reservoir Fisheries - T V Moorti and S K Chauhan
The Pong Dam Reservoir in Himachal Pradesh
The Captain Bhery Fishermen's Cooperative Society in West Bengal - Katar Singh and Sangeeta Dhar Choudhury
The Marine Fishermen's Cooperative Societies in Kerala - Ram Mohan Nair and Katar Singh
An Exploratory Study
The Cooperative as an Institution for Management of Marine Fishery Resources - Ramachandra Bhatta
A Case Study from Karnataka
The Marine Fishermen's Cooperative Societies in West Bengal - Kazi M B Rahim and Katar Singh
An Exploratory Study

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