Not only the volume reiterates the relevance of indigenous knowledge as a development tool in this age of standardized, modern know-how applications, but also illustrates its enormous impact on the social development in tribal and rural areas. Not just in India but in the adjacent countries of Nepal and Bhutan as well are analysed forest policy issues. In these countries, particularly in the current scenario of regulation, the authors emphasise of both collective initiatives at the grassroots level and securing the locally accepted patterns of livelihood for the tribal and village communities. The volume includes widely varied case studies on the role of indigenous knowledge in forestry, community living, and joint management of local natural resources.
This book consists of 17 papers, based on cross-cultural, interdisciplinary investigations of well-known scholars of forest management, ethno-botanists, social anthropologists and of the members of several local NGOs involved in either community forestry or village development programmes.
Franz Schmithusen, Professor of Forest Policy and Forest Economics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) since 1984, is an eminent scholar with varied research concerns that include law and public administration, land tenure and utilisation rights, and combined resources and management systems.
The proceedings of the international seminar in this volume reflect the state-of-the-art research activities that evolved from the first conference in this research network which was held in March 1995 in New Delhi. The contributions to this earlier international seminar were published as volume 1 in the 'Man and Forest Series' under the title 'Man in the Forest - Local Knowledge and Sustainable Management of Forests and Natural Resources in Tribal Communities in India'. In the second phase, the research venture Man & Forest (1997-99) sought to communicate indigenous knowledge of forest and natural resource use management in a wider Himalayan perspective to a growing scientific community which takes an interest in local and indigenous knowledge. More partners joined the network who either perceived indigenous knowledge as a development tool or wanted to contribute to the preservation of tribal cultural identity and know-how in an age of standardised modern approaches and rapid social change.
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