At the Kalpavriksh Library
1) Explore your forest by Shamita Kumar
In this book, Shamita kumar tells us more about the variety of different ecosystems, forests, grasslands and water bodies in India, simultaneously laying emphasis on factors like wildlife, geographic locations, climate and rainfall. This activity book helps us in exploring forests, and making your visit to a forest an enjoyable learning experience. It also gives us tips on conservation.
2) Banabithi (wildlife issue Oct 2001)
This book highlights the various problems faced by wildlife due to destruction and selfish human desires. There are personal account stories, as well as measures needed to be taken to promote wildlife conservation. There is an exciting article on eco tourism , and how protected areas in India have been receiving a large number of visitors due to the information and media boom.
3) Going beyond Panaceas- Special Feature
This issue address the topic on how to go beyond relying on abstract proposals for solving complex problems related to achieving sustainable socio- ecological systems. agriculture, biodiversity, cities, energy , health and water.
4) Sal leaves by Bikash Rath
This book highlights the importance of the ‘Sal’ tree. It’s timber, resin, and leaves provide income to many tribal people living in Orissa. Many important aspect of Sal leaves along with it’s history of commercialisation are mentioned in this book. It also consists of information on the tribes dependence on these leaves in order to earn a livelihood, and Government policies regarding forests and ‘ Sal’ tree in particular.
5) Explore your grasslands by Shamita Kumar
This activity book consists of a lot of information regarding the various grasslands in India, and equipment required to explore these grasslands. It also tells us about the unique flora and fauna that are endemic to India, that flourish because of these grasslands. There are many tips that will help in exploring grasslands and understanding this resource that provides man with so many goods and services.
6) Insight Guides- Indian wildlife.
This book is a handy guide that gives us in- depth knowledge about the wild life in India, their changing environments and ecosystems. The information is accompanied by unique pictures and photos in vibrant colours, maps and special facts about every animal species . It also encourages us to take a stand against corruption and destruction of forests because poaching and similar activities have put India’s wildlife at a crisis point facing widespread extinction
7) Handbook for ecosystem interpretation by Erach Bharucha
It is a field guide to the appreciation of India’s ecosystems . There is a detailed write- up of the ecosystems that exist on earth including – forests, grasslands, deserts and aquatic ecosystems. This book also explains how each of the ecosystems are inter- related , and damage to even one could have a severe effect. The various ‘environmental cycles’ and food chains existing in each type of ecosystem is also mentioned very distinctly and clearly.
8) Rethinking Democracy by Rajni Kothari
Rajni Kothari provides a unique insight into the failure of democracy at a local human emancipation and ideals of justice and equality have not yet been successfully established. She describes how democracy has been unsuccessful in fulfilling the basic task of reaching out to people , especially the poor and the oppressed.
9) Protected areas and spirituality by Joseph Maria Mallarach
This book is about the proceedings of the first workshop of the Delos Initiative. It presents an array of sites around the world dedicated to prayer, meditation and liturgy. It demonstrated how these significant areas of sanctity link to biodiversity conservation. The beauty and harmony of nature that touch and inspire us, must be protected as they provide us with the meaning of life.
10) Bewar Swaraj by Bishwas Naresh (Hindi)
The lifestyle and plight of the farmers is elaborated in this book. The main goal is to promote the use of applied research in the field of agricultural diversity to protect the environment. It recognises the role of agricultural variety including crops, livestock, aquatic resources, plants, insects and other animals play in the livelihood and food security of rural people.
11) Sharing Power by Borini Feyerbed Grazia
A global guide to collaborative management of natural resources.
This book tells us about the collaborative management of various natural resources between local communities, tribes and states. Through the examples of simple people, we can introduce the ideals of co- management in our own life , have successful negotiations, and ideas to manage conflicts. It teaches us that ‘reuse’ and ‘sharing power’ are ultimately possible and even successful if we make an effort.
12) Search for a spectacle by Jaydeep Bose
This is a conservation survey of the Phayre’s leaf monkey in Assam and Mizoram. The uniqueness and enigmatic nature of this monkey is described. There is additional information about the ‘slash and burn’ (shifting cultivation) and hunting, which may lead to this monkey being an endangered species, if we don’t act fast enough. A list of other mammals sighted in Mizoram during the survey is also mentioned in this book.
13) The Citizens guide for participating in environmental decision making by Ritwik Dutta
The book throws light on critical environmental issues. This guide, effectively written by lawyers and activists aims to simplify the complex laws and explain legal terms in common mans language . This can be used by citizens, communities and NGO’s so that the normal people can make use of the environmental laws, either to protect places of ecological importance, or to support conservation movements. It ensures every citizen need not be swindled by others because of vested interests.
14) Wildlife Law by Ritwik Dutta
This is a guide to the wildlife protection act (1972) as amended in 2002. This book comes handy to overcome the difficulty faced by hose implementing this act, understanding and interpreting it. Written by lawyers and communicators, this book helps the guardians of nature face the changing realities . The simplification of the WPA and penalties that can be given to the violators contribute to a greater understanding , as well as better implementation of this unique piece of legislation.
15) Journal of ecological society by Prakash Gole
The journal tries to install in us a holistic point of view which means a widespread awareness of nature and life in all its forms. The author believes that nature conservation has a higher priority than creation of wealth. Mankind seems to be only interested in collection of riches and remains ignorant of the implication of energy in our life, and consequences on our surroundings.
16) Hemphills Herbs- Their cultivation and usage by Hemphill John
This book is a well written and illustrated guide to developing and nurturing a home herb garden. They have concentrated on culinary herbs which most people could use in their everyday cooking. However, their medicinal use is also elaborated on along with interesting historical knowledge , simple remedies, cosmetic uses and value in planting herbs along with other plants since they repel insects.
17) Kokkare Bellur by Manu K
The book gives us more information about Kokkare Bellur –the legendary village of the Pelicans. Is tells us about how this village has played host to a innumerable number of avian visitors, especially pelicans for over 500 years. Apart from birds and their breeding cycles we also learn about trees and climate favourable to animals. This book also explains that there is a symbiotic way out of modern day crisis , which has emerged out of the conflict between men and beast in sharing of resources like nesting space, food and water.
18) Development of Desert National park as Biosphere Reserve by Karla Mohit
This book is about an extended strategy for the conservation of the whole environment, including man and his traditional activities, especially in the desert areas. Using pictures, photographs and data tables, it is explained how sand dunes seem lifeless, but they actually support many species of reptiles and insects. It also promotes environmental education, educational tours, research monitoring and vegetation mapping. There are also large sized pull – out maps showing location of desert national parks on India, slope maps, village locations, vegetation type and land use in India etc.
19) Vana Sanjivana by Sujata Padmanabhan
(book is in Tamil)
20) Water- sustainable and efficient use by Suhas Paranjape
The approach to water conservation in this book has evolved through a continual process of more than 15 years. This book presents an integral planing and seasonal water allocation modelling approach that allows the optimisation of the economical and environmental value of water , subject to hydrological and climatic constraints. It also mentions changes needed in Government 5 year plans, agricultural irrigation and includes case studies in states across India like Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
21) Protected areas and human displacement by H. Redford Kent
The chapters in this book provide a set of rich and varied perspectives to explain the relationship between protected areas and local people, and towards policies that are informed and appropriate. It explains how the pursuit of equitable balances between different human constituencies , and between people and the natural world has to be grounded in the realities of specific places, people, opportunities etc. It criticizes policies which promote wild life conservation by disenfranchising local people from their land resources and traditional occupations.
22) How to live a low carbon life by Chris Goodall
This book encourages each individual to take the lead, change our lifestyles and avoid climate change. It elaborates how easy it is to take responsibility to reduce carbon dioxide emissions which devastates large parts of the world. It gives us tips on how to save electricity in almost every aspect of daily living including- home heating, lighting, water heating, cooking, car travel, transport, food etc. Author Chris Goodall shows great support towards usage of non conventional sources of energy like solar power, wind energy, tidal energy to live a low- carbon life.
23) Is the sacred for sale? By Alison M Johnston
A cross cultural window to the divide between corporate thinking and sacred knowledge is opened by this book. It deals with the problems of escalating collisions over land use and resources, and believes eco tourism causes more damage to the environment since it targets vulnerable environments and cultures. This book aims to stop the systematic impoverishments of people and destruction of ecosystems worldwide by disinterested corporate giants.
24) Protecting Indigenous people in protected areas by Elizabeth Kempf
25) The Misings – their history and culture by Jawahar Jyoti Kuli
Comprehensive knowledge of the Misings tribes life and culture is mentioned in this book. A lot of information is present about the lifestyle, customs, dwellings, socio-religious functions, agriculture, traditions, and history of the Misings- people formerly belonging to the aboriginal tribes of the north eastern region of India. This study also traces the changing attitude of the youth of the tribe- the growing generation is much more conscious about their own heritage and stresses in justification of the assertion of their identity.
26) Examining the agrarian crisis in the context of globalisation by Madhuvanti
This research project is an attempt to focus on the plight of the Vidharbha cotton farmers of Maharashtra, in relation to developing a holistic and systematic understanding of the processes of globalisation and it’s impact on the poor. The extensive reports show how local people , especially farmers suffer due to changed governance of land, air and water. It attempts to bridge the knowledge gap between processes of globalisation and its impact on the grass roots, to prove useful in strengthening peoples struggle for a just and humane world.
27) Hanging in the balance by Sango Mahanty
Equity in community based resource management is introduced in this book. It encompasses a diverse set of approaches and practices to integrate social and development goals by devolving power and authority from Central Government to the local level. It includes means for improving the socio- economic conditions of the rural poor , improving sustainable resource management and increasing power and participation of hitherto marginalized groups.
28) The Atlas of food – who eats what, where and why by Erik Millstone
Written by two brilliant food experts, this book provides facts, figures, and graphics to each of the core issues that affect our food , including consumption, production and transportation. It is a comprehensive study of the food chain and how all of us are affected from farmers to shoppers, well fed to the starving.
29) Struggles for survival by John Samuel
This is a resource book on the status and rights of the Adivasi communities in India.
In spite of being the original settlers in India, they have become refugees in their own land suffering cultural alienation, dehumanisation and deprivation of resources. This book is a value addition to the struggles of the Adivasis, social activists groups, NGO’s etc. that are intervening to promote and protect Adivasi identity, Adivasi rights and development.
30) Marine turtles of the Indian subcontinent by Kartik Shankar
This book serves as a benchmark in the documentation of marine turtle conservation in India. In this book, the Wildlife Institute of India has successfully determined the status of marine turtles, the threats they face, biological and ecological requirements, and best practices for conservation and management. Additionally, it consists of designs for betterment of Indian fisheries and important Laws regarding coastal animals, flora and fauna.
31) Indigenous protected areas- conservation partnerships with indigenous landholders by Dermot Smyth
32) Forests, people & power – the political ecology of reform in South Asia by Oliver Springate
33) Contract Farming in India : Impacts on women and children workers by Sukhpal Singh
The author addressed the whole question of changing agrarian product structure under contract farming, especially issues associated with transfer of skills, transfer of technology, organisation of labour, working conditions and terms of work. He aims to release the poor farmers and cultivators from the vicious cycle of poverty, unemployment and exploitation. This book also calls for industry related codes of conduct, along with legal provisions to increase the voice and influence of contract labourers.
34) Reconciling conservation and livelihoods in practice
Based on a subset of experiences, this booklet records some of the ways in which theories react with actions. There is a need to bridge the gap between goals of conservation and goals of agriculture, food security etc. It has four main categories including- understanding institutions, understanding livelihoods, understanding tenure and understanding conservation success.
35) Budgeting for the Marginalized
This book is an attempt to familiarize activists and social change workers with the basic principles and methods of budget analysis for promoting budgeting for marginalizes sections of society, since it would help the ongoing struggles for their basic rights. This book brings forward the potential of budget analysis with specific reference to women, children, and dalits. Various corrective measures are also mentioned to improve the socio- economic status of the marginalized.
36) Biodiversity Characterization at landscape level in Eastern Ghats and East Coast using Satellite Remote Sensing
This book studies the different ecosystems, disturbance regimes and their richness value in India. It also comprises of a collected database on around 4000 species with the precise location information. It also has in- depth analysis of several biological rich areas in terms of location, spatial extent enabling better prioritisation for conservation.
37) Protected areas in today’s world: their values and beliefs for the welfare of the planet
The articles presented in this technical series illustrate the ecological, economic, social and cultural benefits that protected areas provide in supporting human well being. These articles as a whole provide strong and compelling evidence of the ways in which humans benefit from protected areas. There are examples from all over the world regarding parks, tourism, water supply, fees to be charged etc.
38) The value of nature- ecological, economic, cultural and social benefits of Protected areas
An important aim of this book is to generate a stronger call to action for policy makers and other stakeholders to expand coverage of protected areas and improve their representation and effectiveness. It attempts also , at enhancing human and financial resources by describing the benefits of protected areas in a comprehensive and convincing way. It also emphasizes on tourism, climate change and human health stating that we can improve all three by preserving protected areas.
39) Sponge Iron Industries- Issues and Campaigns by Manshi Asher
This book is a compilation of case studies on the sponge iron industry with descriptions on how they operate, and also spontaneous movements that have emerged in the scenario of extreme pollution and inaction by Government authorities. The information has been drawn from media reports, articles, and updates written by activists directly involved in the issue. It also explains how this industry has a very bad impact on the environment, and also the poor people since they bear the brunt of hazardous occupations like iron ore, coal mining and steel production.
40) Biological Diversity Conservation and the Law: legal mechanisms for conserving species and ecosystems by C de Klemm
Law and legal mechanisms play an important role in achieving conservation. This book will be of great utility to those who are preparing national legislation for implementing the conservation on biological diversity, especially at the local level. The facts, figures, and detailed laws will help in improving the laws on Biodiversity and contribute to the much needed progress in this field.
41) In search of excellence- Exemplary forest management in Asia and the Pacific by P.B. Durst
Stunning examples of innovation and success in forest management along with inspiring stories on forest management are present in this book. It celebrates the triumph of the forest managers, farmers and local communities in afforestation and controlling environmental demands made on forests. This book , for a change, highlights the positive aspects and achievements in conservation to motivate more and more people rather than just showcase a sad state of Asia’s vegetation.
42) The Restoration of nature of Prakash Gole
The author of this book strongly believes that restoration of nature to it’s original form is as important as conservation and implementing laws. This book explains how restoration of degraded eco systems should receive highest priority in any plan of social and economic development. This can be achieved through informing and educating the ‘janata’ or masses, so they can put pressure on the politicians and industries that destroy the environment. The book accentuates the fact that restoration not only helps the environment, but also ensures ample resources for our future generations.
43) Nature Conservation and Sustainable development in India by Prakash Gole
This book draws attention to all the components of our ecosystem that are under threat due to man’s activities, and strives for environmentally- sound economic development. It encompasses a variety of topics like watershed development, coastal management, bird conservation, pollution and restoring natural capital. It is a commendable effort to awaken Indians to the massive environmental challenge they face.
44) People and Protected areas in South Asia by Uday R. Sharma
This paper is updated from the write up on community oriented conservation legislation. It brings up many contemporary issues connected with conservation of biology. The challenges described in this book include- increasing capacity of managers and workers to effectively manage protected areas, to usher politically correct decisions by gathering biologically correct information on biology resources and creating sustainable funding mechanisms to manage protected areas. It also includes reasons why legislative framework needs to be upgraded to ensure protection of biological resources and poor segments of society.
45) Parks- Protected areas as engines for development by Kishor Rao
The articles in this issue of Parks, provide a strong indication that in future, the importance of protected areas will be measured in terms of their contribution to local and national economies. This book supports protected area systems and believes new skills and approaches in their management will open up new sources of financing, all leading to better biodiversity conservation. A lot of stress is laid on the lower Mekong region which is also a protected area.
46) Between Protection, Rights, and commercialization by Ulrich Brand
This book is printed in both English and German languages. The accelerated disappearance of species worldwide and rise in technological possibilities of economic growth by utilizing plant and animal resources is an increasing problem. The text provides background information of the complexities of this issue in order to enable a political engagement with the problems of biodiversity. There is also a discussion on the role of civil society organisations, millennium ecosystem assessment and introduction of genetically modified seeds.
47) Payments for ecosystem services: getting started -A primer
This primer is intended for those who are interested in Payments for ecosystem service (PES). It provides guidance on conditions under which PES deals are most likely to succeed. There is a thorough description of the necessary steps for such deals incorporating – structuring agreements, identifying potential buyers, assessing technical capacity and implementing PES agreements. Another brilliant feature of this primer is that throughout the document, there are numerous case studies to illustrate the components of this process.
48) Food Sovereignty – towards democracy in localised food systems by Michael Windfuhr
Food Sovereignty is the new policy framework being proposed by social movements all over the world for governance of food and agriculture, because it addressed the core problems of hunger and poverty. This book elaborates on the development of food sovereignty policy framework, basic assumptions and underlying analysis. Moreover, this book addressed the international problems of rural poverty, hunger, and malnutrition.
49) Identification and Gap analysis of key biodiversity areas by Penny F. Langhammer
This volume is directed towards government staff, NGO’s and local communities who are charged with implementing intergovernmental commitments on protected areas. It systematically enlists the steps required to identify key biodiversity areas and conduct gap analysis so that new conservation actions can be prioritised. This book also includes practical examples and information in methodical tables which helps in analysing key biodiversity areas.
50) Policy Matters- conservation and human rights
There is recognition of the relationship between human rights and environment in this book. It discusses roles, responsibilities and interests conservation organisations have in addressing human rights, and how these factors should be practically addressed. It discusses grievances of people who are displaced from protected areas. For example, people who have been living for hundreds of years in a forest are suddenly pushed away when the area is declared ‘protected’. Now what will they do regarding their resources, occupation, habitat, etc?
51) Initiatives and challenges in forest management – case studies from western India
This book is a collection of case studies and real life happenings all over India in the field of forest management. It includes records, funding , awareness information, and conclusions for every area’s case study individually. It provides creative and effective solutions to overcome the obstacles and difficulties faced by people involved in forest management.
52) Protected landscapes and agrobiodiversity values by Thora Amend
The full potential of landscapes and seascapes regarding agrobiodiversity were not initially understood in the world. This publication provides a detailed examination, explanation and advocacy to provide a wider understanding of the range of benefits these landscapes can offer. There is an examination of the strengths and weaknesses of these areas in achieving conservation goals and identifying key gaps in knowledge. It also presents a glimpse of the future work that is essential for protecting the agrobiodiversity of landscapes and seascapes.
53) Impact assessment framework for Community based Natural resource management by A. Ravindra
Impact assessment framework is based on a study to develop and promote the use of comprehensive framework to asses the impact of key social, environmental , institutional and economic processes in the field of natural resource management. This framework can be used by NGO’s and environmental experts to achieve the end result of human and ecosystem co- existence & well being.
54) Parks- the visitor experience challenge by Julianna Priskin
This issue of parks will provide area managers with greater understanding of what is involved in providing opportunities for visitor experiences. It provides various examples of how different organisations have achieved this. It gives the area managers tips on how to facilitate high quality memorable experiences, and at the same time, protect the ecological integrity of the park. Furthermore, this issue also supports protection of parks because they are useful in attracting tourists as well as preserving nature.
55) The future Control of FOOD by Geoff Tansey
This is a guide to international negotiations and rules on intellectual property, biodiversity and food security. A long overdue analysis underlying the push for a new green revolution, this book brings together useful information regarding international food policies that affects the food chain. This book also takes account of how food production will be regulated in the future. It is essential reading for social movements and activists who want to defend food sovereignty.
56) Communities, livelihoods, and natural resources by Stephrn R. Tyler
This book illustrates how local innovations in participatory , community based resource management can strengthen livelihoods, build capacity for local governments, and spark policy change. The impressive set of action research studies are clearly written and understandable. Both researchers and practitioners concerned with rural development will find this book to be a set of valuable inspiration.
57) GOI- UNDP sea turtle project
These are the written proceedings of The National Workshop at Bhubaneshwar, Orissa in 2001. This book states that the problems of sea turtles in Orissa and else where in India are numerous, however the concern must be translated into action at the local and governmental level to achieve the long term goal of turtle conservation in India. There are additionally papers on Turtle mortality due to fishing nets, curbing eating of turtle meat, turtle saving diving techniques and avoiding trampling of turtle eggs due to livestock or human activities.
58) Cultivating Biodiversity- understanding, analysing & using agricultural diversity by Harold Brookfield
In order to increase biodiversity, this book encompasses systems of land use and practices that are highly dynamic, drawing from local knowledge extensive experience and experimentation. This book combines knowledge of the small scale farmer , with modern technology to promote multi- cropping, and not just cultivation of cash crops. Diversity in agriculture will lead to biodiversity .This is because there is strain on soil, and excess water or chemical pesticides and fertilisers needed when you cultivate only high yielding varieties and cash crops.
59) Ancient roots, new shoots- endogenous development in practice by Bertus Haverkort
This book provides insight into some of the cultures and knowledge systems from different continents. This book does not emphasize confrontation between knowledge systems of the West. Instead, it present a critical analysis of the mechanisms required for endogenous development which includes both traditional and modern knowledge and practices. Thought the major focus is on agriculture, health, and natural resources, it also includes other aspects like tourism, marketing and crafts.
60) Potential and existing Ramsar site in India by Asad R. Rahmani
61) Nature is culture by Klaus Seeland
This book speaks about the relationship between forest vegetation and social needs & cultural values. It says that large scale deforestation should be stopped, not to create an obstacle in economic progress, but because we humans are linked to nature through spiritual values, since nature is our ‘provider’ of natural resources. This book gives an elaborate understanding of how nature and culture can never be treated as separate entities since it is nature and vegetations itself ,which characterises a culture. This fact is explained taking examples from forests all over the world.
62) Achieving the 2010 biodiversity target
63) India -unlocking opportunities for forest dependant people
This report identifies options for improving local livelihoods in a community based forestry model through an integrated approach that includes the legal policy framework, resource assessment and planning systems, and marketing systems. Instead of driving out forest dwellers, this book propagates the idea that forest dweller’s community rights and responsibilities over their home, the forest can bring substantial economic and forest conservation benefits. It will also be less damaging to the environment because rather than construction of walls and fences, the forest dwellers can be entrusted with the duty of forest protection.
64) Tanks of south India by A.Vaidyanathan
‘Tanks of India’ provides an overview of evolution and role of tank irrigation in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. This book explains the vital role tanks play in
maintaining the biodiversity. The book explains how the silt from the tank beds can be used to improve soil fertility, trees growing on tank ‘bunds’ provide a source of energy and habitat for many animals and birds. In addition, tanks also sustain aquatic life. This book also consists of data on tank structures, measures to improve water supply, and extensive information and statistics neatly arranged in tables.
65) Working ON Country – Contemporary Indigenous Management of Australia’s Lands and coastal regions by Richard Baker
In addressing the important question of contemporary indigenous management of the Australian continent, this volume presents a wide range of case studies that illustrate diversity of the same environment. This book highlights how the country areas can be managed by two – way learning between the Indigenous and non- Indigenous Australians. It is through the coming together of knowledge from different people, with diverse approaches, that gives practical outcomes to sustain the land in the future.
66) NTFP Profile series 1: Char seeds
This book is about the non timber forest products, and specially highlights ‘char seeds’. In very simple and meaningful language, it describes the char tree and seeds, explains the importance and various harvesting methods. It also provides uses of char seeds, Government Policies regarding char seeds and production & marketing techniques.
67) An economics for well being by Rajni Bakshi
This book focuses on ‘new economy’ and not just earning of profit . It denounces the practice of accounting only GDP to measure a country’s progress. Besides monetary wealth, our economy should also consider health & happiness of people, knowledge, skill and motivation of workers as economic progress. This book introduces the concepts of ‘Green wealth’ and ‘Ecological accounting’ which also need to be accounted for while considering progress. For example, it states that deforestation may lead to increase in wealth of timber industry or GDP for a few years, but ultimately, it leads to irreversible destruction of our planet. Thus, it cannot be classified as ‘economic progress’
68) Protecting Wild Nature on Native Lands by Julie Cajune
This book supports the fact that natives can take best care of their land through a combination of traditional and contemporary land management tools and techniques. There are case studies in this book which prove that there is a greater percentage of success of management when land is under natives, rather than when they are forced to live elsewhere , and land is taken care of by urban people. Examples of successes in India, U.S.A, Congo and Africa support the fact that it is really the natives that keep wild lands intact and biologically integrated.
69) Sanvaad by Amar Habib
Book is in Hindi
70) Democraizing nature – politics and conservation in India by Vasant K. Saberwal
The authors in this book believes that both conservation and development are inter related and inherently political. An improvement on either front will require greater strategic engagement with politicians and legal processes. This book specifically studies the Greater National Himalayan Park and the effects on it by changing policies.
71) NTFP Profile series 3: Tamarind
This book can be used by primary gatherers by establishing better control over market to get a higher income while collecting ‘Tamarind’. This book brings together information on produce, processing methods in practice, marketing system and policy environment of tamarind. It also describes the various stages involved in tamarind packaging including- de- shelling, de- fibring, de- seeding, and sun drying.
72) Shifting Paradigms in protected area management by Siddhartha B. Bajracharya
The technical papers in this book are divided into themes, namely ecosystem management, governance in protected area management, governance in protected area management and economic tools for biodiversity conservation. They address issues of protected area management namely- landscape level management, trans boundary conservation and preservation beyond boundaries.
73) Indian economy- for civil services examinations by Ramesh Singh
This book is a guide to understand the Indian economy for aspirants of the civil service examinations. It shows how economics studies individuals, firms, governments, and make choices which n turn determine the society’s use of resources. It says the essence of economics is very simple, that is, betterment of human life on earth, and improving the standard of living.
74) NTFP Profile series 6: Lac
This book can be used by primary gatherers by establishing better control over market to get a higher income while collecting ‘Lac’. This book brings together information on produce, processing methods in practice, marketing system and policy environment of Lac. It also describes the life cycles and harvesting of Lac insects, and types of lac, like Shellac, crude lac, their values etc.
75) Shaale paasun mukti –Vasha purti by Rahul Alwaris
Book is in Marathi
76) NTFP Profile series 7: Sal seeds
This publication is about the sal seeds, and the importance of it’s timber and resin in India. This booklet highlights the important aspects of the seeds and kernels of this plant. It can be used by primary gatherers by establishing better control over market to get a higher income while collecting sal seeds. This book brings together information on produce, processing methods in practice, marketing system and policy environment of Sal seeds.
77) Shifting Paradigms in protected area management by Siddhartha B. Bajracharya
78) Baudhik Sampada – Sanrakshan aur Tikau vikas by Philip Culet
This book is in Hindi
79) Arthavichar, arthavybahar- sarvansathi by Prakash Gole
This book is in Hindi
80) Khulya Vyawasthet musalmanache bhavitavya by Amar Habib
This book is in Marathi.
81) Coastal management Zone Notification 08- the last nail in the coffin by Manju Menon
This report is a assessment and evaluation of the ‘Coastal Management Zone’ notification 2008, and contains a thorough interpretation of the faults and disadvantages of the notification. There has been no improvement in this notification inspite of protesting of coastal villages against previous such notifications. It consists of a comparison of clauses, and various amendments required in the 2008 notification. There are also pictorial comparisons of provisions of CZM and CRZ notifications.
82) Sowing autonomy – gender and seed politics in semi arid India ( reclaiming diversity & citizenship) by Carine Pionetti
This book explores threats in the farming system of the Deccan plateau in south India. The author, Carine Pionetti looks in particular at women’s roles in agriculture, and the important part women play in saving and reproducing seeds. This is set against the backdrop of commercialisation and centralisation of the seed sector and agriculture in general.
83) Protected area and Human displacement: A conservation perspective by Kent H. Redford
The main factor this book stresses on is , if conservation strategies and displacement distress human population, especially those who are less powerful, politically marginalized, or poor, then the conservation is of no use. The author also believes that it is not only a crime against humanity, but a crime against nature, to physically remove people from their historical or existing home as a result of actions of Governments.
84) Community Management of Common lands- improving land management in Rajasthan by Kishore Saint
This book gives us more information regarding ‘common property resources’ (CPR’s) like pastures, forests, ponds, drainages etc. in villages. Guidelines are mentioned in this book for further study to enhance knowledge at the local level , and create a better approach towards community management in the future. However, there also needs to be support from the government. For example, the government says it is the peoples responsibility for conservation of a forest (a CPR), then after a few years displaces the same people from there declaring it as a ‘Protected area’.
85) Securing protected areas in the face of global change- A report on ecosystems, protected areas and people project by Peter Shadie
This report states that the primary responsibility of protected areas are government agencies, NGO’s, local and indigenous communities. It suggest measures for areas of high global diversity to cope with challenges, and reap the benefits of global change. The main areas of focus include technical expert groups, global and regional workshops, case studies and field learning sites.
86) Mendha ( Lekha) by Devaji Tofa
87) Eka sadhya satyasadhi by Chandrakant Wankhede
The book is in Marathi
88) Ujla aani swalamban by A.P Deshpande
The book is in Marathi
89) NTFP Profile series 9: Kendu leaves
90) This book tells us more about the ‘Kendu leaves’, which had a important part in the culture of India The leaves have been commercially used for over 100 years in production of local cigarettes i.e. ‘bidi’. This book brings together information on produce, processing methods in practice, marketing system and policy environment of kendu leaves. It also describes the various stages involved in packaging including hand picking, careful storage, sun drying, stuffing and rolling.
91) Aaple paryavaran by Arun Joshi
This book is in Marathi
92) NTFP Profile series 10 : Aonla
This book gives us more information on aonla, that is , amla which is a non timber forest produce. It tells us about the tree and the amla fruits, varieties, uses, harvesting methods, investment, marketing etc. Amla is a medicinal fruit that is used in almost every ayurvedic medicinal preparation. This book highlights the income generation potential of the fruit, and explains its deep connection to Indian religion since this tree is even worshipped and considered sacred.
93) UNESCO small grants programme on Poverty Eradication by Ashish Kothari
This book is the summary of the findings and recommendations of the selected research projects in February 2008, and concentrates on building national capacities for research and political analysis. It describes UNESCO’s contribution in assisting member states in developing anti poverty strategies and action plans based on human rights.
94) UNESCO small grants programme on Poverty Eradication by Ashish Kothari
Same as above
95) Just and lasting change- when communities own their future by Daniel Taylor
This book shows us the real potential of honest partnerships between communities, governments, and technical experts to approach health and development from a different perspective. It offers an analysis of strengths and weaknesses of current development efforts , and also puts forth a SEED- SCALE model of development. This SEED SCALE model is a practical guide for those engaged in development, and provides a highly relevant approach to problems in the age of globalisation
96) Sacred Natural sites- guidelines for protected area managers by Robert Wild
Sacred natural sites have many a times been declared protected areas by governments without recognition of local community values, traditional beliefs, practices, skills and knowledge that have sustained the associated locations and cultures, leading to violation of tribal people’s rights. This book provides guidelines to avoid such situations and help in the development of the local people.
97) Atlas of community- marine protected areas in Philippines
This book is in both English and Filipino languages, regarding marine protected areas managed by fisher communities and peoples organisations. This book deals with social component of marine resource management , including historical development, physical and biological features etc. An advantage of this book is that it has vibrant photos, tables, and maps for easy understanding.
98) Building upon traditional agriculture in Nagaland, India
Nagaland is rich in culture and biodiversity, and a vast indigenous store of agricultural knowledge. This resource book aptly illustrates the broad range of practices and methods that can be used to build upon traditional agriculture.
99) Evaluating effectiveness: A framework for assessing management effectiveness of protected areas by Marc Hockings
This book discusses why protected area management effectiveness evaluation has become an important tool for measuring conservation success, and include a brief history of management effectiveness systems. As the total areas of protected areas continue to increase, so do calls for proper accountability, good business practices and transparency in reporting.
100) Trapped! Between the devil and deep waters by Dinesh Kumar Mishra
This book is about the plight of the people living near the banks of the river Kosi. These people were promised eradication of floods permanently , and increased irrigation resulting in bumper crops by the construction of embankments . However, all these promises were broken and the land there now remains permanently waterlogged, and is of no use. Additionally, this waterlogged land is much more than the land which was actually ‘saved’. Moreover, it has failed to irrigate even 8% of planned targets. This book is an endeavour to explain what options they people still have for a better life in harmony with the river.
101) Mapping the earth, mapping life by Ponciano L. Bennagen
Indigenous people in various places worldwide are mapping their traditional territories as part of their struggle to take control of their land and their lives. This book explains the growing number of indigenous Philippine people that are doing the same thing. It describes how ultimately, the Philippine state had to adopt a legal framework for the indigenous people to recognize their rights over their ancestral domain.
102) People, protected areas and global change by Marc Galvin
This book basically studies the ecological, social, and economic benefits of enhanced participation in protected area management. Using case studies, the book shows how conservation of protected areas can take place only if there are incentives from the household and individual level. It also tackles issues like sacrifices people endure to protect flora and fauna, ensuring good use of protected land by future generations, and actual compensation of displaced farmers and local land users.
This journal records worldwide tiger news and information. It not only concentrates on the decreasing tiger population, it provides us with terrifying statistics which prove the so called ‘project – tiger’ was unsuccessful. In fact, there are lesser number of tigers now than before the project started. They also question the activities of the supposed ‘ park managers’ who are not even aware of the number of tigers in the sanctuaries. It also suggests more participation against hunting and poaching by Wildlife Crime Bureau.
104) Mainstreaming WWF principles on indigenous peoples and conservation by Peter Bille Larsen
The document describes practical ways of mainstreaming the World Wildlife Fund policy commitments to indigenous peoples, and their right to their ancestral territories, water, and ancient activities. This book has faith in indigenous tribes and shows appreciation for their contributions to biodiversity conservation and understanding of the links between biological and cultural diversity.
105) Economic, social and cultural rights – A study in India
Non violation of Human rights along with social and economic security is the responsibility of the government. However, the government now a days is least interested in securing these rights, and concentrated more on securing votes under the pretext of false promises. The study in this book elaborates on the current trend of increasing privatization of basic services and various problems faced by marginalised communities in reaching out to fundamental services which are vital in ensuring right to life itself !
106) Environment in the Indian Parliament: An analysis Lok Sabha 2006
This compilation is based on the discussions in the Lok Sabha amongst India’s legislators and policy makers and provides an insight into understanding the dynamics of environmental protection in the country. This book will prove to be useful to environmentalists, teachers and researchers.
107) Community forests- equity, use and conservation by Hersilia Fonseca
Conservation of the world forests requires the adoption of a series of measures to change the current model of destruction. Many communities of people living in the tropics and subtropics are suffering of the impacts of forest destruction and degradation, struggling for their rightful possession, and at the same time, resisting industrial interests taking over their lands. The articles in this book reflects the struggles of these protagonists with the main aim of supporting them.
108) Social Justice- concepts and country experiences by Santap Sanhari Mishra
The purpose of this book is to propose some possible framework for conceptualizing the efficacy of the system of social justice. It also discussed the elements of social justice including- just relationships and structures, equal opportunity for all in society, meaningful participation in decision making and access to information. This book also concentrates on gender justice, and justice in a multicultural society.
109) Environment in the Indian Parliament: An analysis Rajya Sabha 2006
With the growing concerns of climate change, environment has become an integral part of governance agendas. The report analyses the trends of Parliamentary discussion on different environmental issues in the Rajya Sabha. It also consists of the various questions asked to the leaders, and the answers.
110) Sponge iron industries- issues and campaigns by Manshi Asher
111) Policy windows and livelihood futures- prospects for poverty reduction in rural India by P.V Satheesh
This book identifies more realistic and practicable policies that address the massive shift in rural- urban population balance that is taking place not just in India but throughout the Asian region. This book also examines to what extent people have sought to diversify out of traditional low- productivity occupations such as small scale farming, caste occupations etc. It also studies the patterns of change in rural livelihoods in relation to spatial, agro- economic and socio- cultural aspects.
112) The Societies Registration Act, 1860 by Krisan Arora
Reading the entire Indian penal code in the Constitution of India, and searching for a particular act is a tedious task. This book explains in the formal, but understandable language, the ‘Societies Registration Act, 1860, along with it’s amendments. All the clauses, sections amendments and comments are written in detail. Moreover, this book is written State –wise in alphabetical order, so it is even more easy to locate exactly what you are searching for.
113) Western Ghats Forestry Project (NTFP Management) by M Harrison
This book talks about the management of non timber forest products in the Western Ghats of India . It talks about sustainability of the resources, meeting the needs of the poor NTFP collectors and regulation of trade through socio- economic and technical understanding. It makes an interesting read since all the theory is represented in diagrams, photographs, tables etc.
114) The Waterman’s journey- Rashtriya Jal Yatra by Rajendra Singh
This book describes the journey of the Rashtriya jal Yatra . The main objective of the Yatra was to understand the national and state level water problems and raise awareness among the people about water related issues. There has been increased activity on water related issues by government & non government organisations by dealing with common problems like falling water tables, pollution of water resources, drying & slowing rivers, and privatization of water markets. The experiences of the Yatra have been captured in this report.
115) Supporting small forest enterprises- A cross sectoral review of best practices by Duncan Macqueen
In many of the developing countries, most of the population in the rural areas are employed in small forest enterprises. This book extends support to the idea of development in the small forest enterprises. It believes that employment in this sector has the capacity reduce poverty, and also manage the forest sustainably. It also gives specific recommendation for support of small and medium forest enterprises like strengthening enterprises associations, facilitating better transport of finance and business development services, and improving the business environment.
116) Western Ghats Forestry project (Nomadic pastoralist) by TH Mallikarjuna
Gowlis or nomadic pastoralists settled in the deep forests of Karnataka cause a lot of damage to the ecosystem in the forest area, due to kindling fires, debarking of trees, and trampling by livestock. To reduce the damage, the scattered group of nomads have been brought together and ‘Gowli’ settlements have been established.
This book shows how they have now been involved in forest management, and changed their way of life.
117) The World Bank as a knowledge producer by Shripad Dharmadhikary
This book examines the World bank’s role as a knowledge producer in context of the water sector in India. The bank is using flawed processes to generate unsound knowledge , for its own benefit. This book lays out a challenge to the citizens of India, to break the authority of the Bank on knowledge production, democratise creation of knowledge and detach it from interests of excessive profits. Instead, knowledge should be used to address issues of common god, equity, justice and environmental sustainability.
118) Water- sustainable and efficient use by Suhas Paranjape
119) Vaishwikaran- Jal , Jungle aur Jameen
This book is in Hindi
120) Oxford seashore Life of India by B.F Chhapgar
The function of this book is to serve as a guide to seashore life, not only to enable us to identify the more commonly occurring animals which one may chance to pick up, but also to have an idea of their peculiar habits. This book also gives us information regarding the tides, best time to collect specimens, where to collect them etc. There is also in depth information along with the diagrams, scientific names and strange characteristics of many sea creatures.
121) Danger : School ! by Babette Harper
This book deals with the problems of modern day schooling, even incorporating some Indian contexts. It is mainly illustrated, and is written in a sarcastic manner, directed towards parents and teachers. School was initially supposed to be a wonderful place, a temple where children got education. However, now a days, school is become more of a rat race, with increasing tension of securing more marks, being ridiculed due to failure etc. Additionally, to get into a good, premier ‘school’ the need of today is money more than merit & intelligence. Children need to stop being treated as machines, and creativity, dreams & desires needs to be nurtured.
122) Affirming Life and diversity, rural images and voices on Food sovereignty in South India by P.V Satheesh
The semi- arid region of Andhra Pradesh is regularly hit by drought, marginal farming, and out- migration by local people is increasing- both permanently and seasonally. Even though it has a vast variety of crops and , diversity of livestock and wealth of local knowledge, external pressures like contract agriculture, unsuitable food distribution systems are eroding this diversity and knowledge . This book deals with how local organisations of marginalised women farmers and urban food consumers are regenerating sustainable food systems.
123) Jagatikaran aani Maharashtra – Jal, Jungl, Jameen aani Shashan
This book is in Marathi
124) Dakshin Bharatatil pakshi by Richard Grimet
This book is in Marathi
125) Ji uthi Jahajawali nadi by Mohan Shotriya
This book is in Hindi
126) Public Purpose?
Even though the tourism industry is booming, we need to concentrate on it’s impacts on the local & rural population. This book elaborates on the impacts of tourism particularly in terms of rights and benefits to local communities, especially the Adivasis in the Narmada dam area. This investigative report also tells us about the difficulties and struggles the displaced Adivasis have while waiting for their “promised land” They have been forcibly removed from their ancestral land with no where to go!
127) Char gaon ki katha by Sachi Aarya
This book is in Hindi
128) Uttar Bharat ke pakshi by Richard Grimet
This book is in Hindi
129) Transborder environmental and natural resource management by Wil de Jong
Illegal, unreported , and unregulated fishing threatens the sustainability of world fish stocks. This book consists of papers and studies focusing on changes in Japan and Taiwan’s fishing policies, the bilateral negotiations , and effectiveness of the revised agreements, policies and decisions in addressing the threat of such illegal fishing to the worlds fish stocks, and particularly tuna stocks. It explains how this kind of fishing remains one of the greatest threat to the marine ecosystem , and continues to have serious major implications on Ocean resource management.
130) Devri ki Sangharsh gathat by Kusum Karnik
This book is in Hindi
131) IFI’s and tourism : Perspectives and Debates
This is a dossier on the interventions of International Financial institutions in the tourism sector based on the Asian experience. These IFI’s have been responsible for faulty tourism models all over the world. For their own economic benefit, the Tourism industry, international hotel chains, and corrupt politicians declare areas as ‘protected’ and drive the local people out, at the same time they allow construction of hotels inside these ‘Sanctuaries’ and PA’s. This book supports the fact that the benefits of tourism must be equitably distributed, and non- exploitative.
132) Building partnerships : working together for conservation and development by Abisha Mapendembe
This book tells us about successful partnerships of the ‘Birdlife International’ group, using case studies from various countries. This partnership of people work together for birds and the environment through shared priorities, programmes, and actions. It also gives tips on how bird and animal conservation itself can be treated as an occupation, and opportunity for the local tribals to earn money .
133) Saza Shram by Rajesh Ravi
This book is in Hindi
134) Kyo nahi nadi jod by Sheela Daga
This book is in Hindi
135) Indigenous peoples and Conservation : WWF Statement of Principles
136) Local Forest Managament by D Edmunds
Political pressure forced the central government to devolve natural resource management to individuals and institutions within, or outside the government. However, the author of this book argues with this practice. Environmentalists time and again have proved that indigenous or local people are better in effective resource management due to economic and cultural connection to nature & close proximity to natural resources. This fact is further illuminated through various case studies.
137) Tinkoan ko jod ke- Chandil baandh ke visthapito ko sangharsh
This book is in Hindi
138) Madadgar haanth pashu premiyon avam pashu adhikar samarthkon ke liye ek nirdeshan pustika by Kaimiliya Satija
This book is in Hindi
139) Madadgar haanth Bharat me pashukalyan sangathano tatha anya
140) sambandh sansthaon evam vyaktiyon ki Directory by Kaimiliya Satija
This book is in Hindi
141) Aisa phir na ho - This book is in Hindi
142) Seeds of wealth- Four plants that make men rich by Henry Hobhouse
This book further emphasizes the bond between man and plants. Plants provide us with so many natural resources like food, coir, oil, and most importantly- money ! This book tells us about the incredible effect of plants on humans and their past, and the four plants that made men rich- timber, grape wine, rubber, and tobacco. Today we think the world economy is flourishing only because of man’s superior intelligence & industries. On the contrary, these four plants have unwittingly contributed to human wealth and economic growth. Without these essential natural resources we would be no where.
143) Saanp (Snake) – Maharashtra, Goa & Karnataka by Neleemkumar Khaire
This book is in Hindi
144) Green Inc. – An environmental insider reveals how a good cause has gone bad by Christine MacDonald
145) Who’s who in climate change in India by Malini Mehra
This book is an important step in surveying the opportunities available in climate sphere. This book enlists all the important companies in India , their details etc. It acts as a directory , so that the various companies can unite and take joint initiatives to stop harmful practices that facilitate climate change. The author suggests that unlike any other country, we Indian Companies should get together, form a leadership group, and battle against climate change.
146) No Onions nor Garlic by Srividya Natarajan
147) Environmental Issues in India- A reader by Mahesh Rangarajan
This book describes the issues that India faces in the field of decreasing biodiversity and extinction of species, and other environmental issues. This book tells us that it is not just the politicians, but even common people like us who are responsible for pollution, population explosion, deforestation, endangered species increase, atrocities against marginalised rural people and more. These environmental issues need to be addressed immediately and we need to preserve environment for the future generations as well.
148) Resettlement & Rehabilitation- A handbook on UN principles and guidelines on development based evictons and displacement.
149) The birds of the Northeast by Julien Tavener
This book describes in detail the vast variety of birds found in the North Eastern part of America. The author, an observer of the natural world, captured compelling portraits of the birds in beautiful watercolour paintings. This book is unique and different because it is not a scientific description of the birds. It is written from the point of view of a bird watcher. The peculiar characteristics of the birds, the authors encounters with different birds etc. are all described along with the magnificent paintings. Reading this book takes us back to the fields and forests , and lets us experience the authors feelings
150. ) Parliament Digest- bridging the gap between Parliament and people by Behar
Parliamentary Digest aims to create and strengthen the space for countering corruption through democratisation of information. This book contains all the information about the questions that were raised, the debates that took place, and discussions hat happened in the Parliamentary Houses on various issues, especially if they are of public importance. It is an initiative to bring about social change, discussing issues like gender, governance, food security and social development indicators.
151) Logging for the ark- Improving the conservation value of production forests in South East Asia by L. Gustafsson
In order to maintain high levels of biodiversity and the ecological functions of tropical forest landscapes in South East Asia, production forests need to managed in a more sustainable way. Many suggestions & recommendations made in this report aim to improve the conditions for biodiversity conservation, since this area is an important hot spot for global flora and fauna. This book strongly focuses on adapting measures to stop selective tree logging, and selective tree plantations.
152) Endogenous Development in Practice- Towards well being of people and ecosystems by V.K Hooft
The word endogenous means development from within. This book aims at creating a balance by working with local people instead of for them. This does not mean all local beliefs be embraced uncritically, & all modern development rejected. Using photographs accompanied by text, this book shows us even more methodologies used in field programmes for endogenous development.
153) Rethinking Globalisation INDIA 2007- 2008 by S. Kothari
This book considers globalisation with regard to International development economics. Globalisation, instead of bringing freedom to the world, is now challenging the very meaning of freedom. This book also throws light on history of economics in the world, Gandhian economics & cotton and khadi spinning, cases and issues in environmental policy etc.
154) Guidebook of biodiversity principles for developers and planners by J. McKinnon
The South East Asian region has been developing rapidly over the last few years. However, this development has taken place at the cost of biodiversity. This booklet presents a multitude of ways I which careless development can cause great damage to biodiversity. These guidelines are arranged in a number of sections covering the major ecosystems of a country. In most cases, the improvements are simple & carry no extra cost. They may even be cheaper! The guidelines will make a big difference to the local quality of life and quality of environment.
155) Mohan Pyare ka safaed dastaavez by J . Shaardey
This book is in Hindi
156) The real cost of agrofuels – food, forest and climate by R. Smolker
Promoted as an alternative means for fossil fuels, agrofuels are in fact a cause of global warming, not part of the solution. These further damage the planet since they promote deforestation, destruction of ecosystems, increased emissions from peat degradation and agriculture. We must reject false ‘market friendly’ solutions like agrofuels and carbon trading and focus on real solutions to dramatically reduce energy use.
157) Gender and Social Inclusion for sustainable livelihoods by M.Swaminathan
Many of the women in rural India have anaemia, suffer from maternal mortality, no education, children forced to work as child labourers etc. To address these concerns, this book presents the technology development and delivery models for sustainable livelihoods that are pro-women. It also presents six case studies which show that women in the rural areas face additional problems like no permission no participate in decision making, underpayment, violation of human rights, no recognition of right over property etc, and how to deal with them. There are several examples and successful stories as well, which other groups can use for women empowerment.
158) The Wild Life Protection Act 1972- as amended upto 2003
This book presents in detail, the ‘Wild Life Protection Act’ 1972, which is a clear cut law providing the basis for legal protection of our wildlife. This book is the ‘Bible of every wild life conservationist in India’, and can be used in the battle to carry over our species and biodiversity to the next generations. It provides a regulatory mechanism that is not anti- people but incorporates measures to make protection of India’s biodiversity an achievable goal.
159) Conserving important bird area and empowering local people in the Middle East- the traditional approach of Hima.
Hima is a traditional system of land designation that aims for protection of land and sustainable use of natural resources by and for local communities. A certain social group are given control over an area, and this control may include forbidding hunting, wood cutting and destruction of trees & shrubs. This booklet explains how the practice of Hima can be used for public welfare and environmental conservation.