ISBN 9780761935742,Community-based Natural Resource Management : Issues and Cases in South Asia

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


Ajit Menon


SAGE India



SAGE India

Publication Year 2007

ISBN 9780761935742

ISBN-10 0761935746


Number of Pages 372 Pages
Language (English)


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. Table of Contents Preface Introduction Hivre Bazar: A ?Model? Watershed Experiment? Utthan?s Work in Nathugadh, Gujarat Community-Based Natural Resource Management in Gopalpura, Rajasthan Community-based Natural Resource Management in Bhutan: The Case of the Lingmuteychhu Watershed 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 Conclusion Bibliography Index