Does Community Based Conservation Make Economic Sense? Lessons from India. Pp. 80, Quarto size, Colour cover, 16 colour pictures, 2000

Sushil Saigal,

This book assesses the economic (material, financial) and other benefits that communities and society in general receive from community based management of natural resources. Examples from various parts of India illustrate the point that conservation does not have to be inimical to people’s livelihoods and economic development but in fact can greatly complement human welfare and economic well-being.


Forest Revival and Water Harvesting: Community Based Conservation at Bhaonta - Kolyala, Rajasthan, India

Pp. 70, Quarto size, Colour cover, 12 colour pictures

Swati Shresth with Shridhar Devidas

The remarkable story of twin villages that overcame drought and deforestation, over a period of 15 years, by decentralized water harvesting, forest regeneration and protection, and community mobilisation for appropriate development.


Tribal Self Rule and Natural Resource Management: Community Based Conservation at Mendha Lekha, Maharastra, India

2001, Pp. 150, Quarto size, Colour cover, 11 colour pictures, 3 maps

Neema Pathak and Vivek Gour Broome,

 The story of Mendha Lekha village in Gadchiroli district of Maharastra State in one of struggle and transformation of a once-suppressed Gond tribal community into a well-informed and empowered one. This book describes the process of attaining self-rule and taking control of the surrounding forests, which has resulted in an enhancement of social and ecological security. It explores the reasons for the success of this community initiative, constraints it faces, future directions to take and major lessons that it holds for a decentralised conservation system in the country.

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Customs and Conservation: Cases of Traditional and Modern Law in India and Nepal

Pp. 130, Quarto size, Colour cover, 8 colour pictures 2002

Ruchi Pant,

 With detailed case studies of Arunachal Pradesh in India and Annapurna Conservation Area in Nepal, and sprinkled with examples from other parts of the subcontinent, this book examines the current relevance of customary laws and practices of local communities, to conservation. It also assesses the interface between such laws, and the statutory or modern laws of these countries.

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Participatory conservation: Paradigm Shifts in International Policy: A compilation of outputs from global events related to participatory conservation

Pp 118, colour cover

Formal conservation in most countries has predominantly focused on the creation of protected areas, seen as islands of biodiversity ad protected from human intervention. More recently, however, there is increasing recognition of the value that local, indigenous and mobile communities can bring to the process of conserving bio-diversity, and of the need for a range of conservation types from strict protection to multiple sustainable use.

The outcomes of two recent global events: the Vth World Parks Congress (Durban, September 2003) and the 7th Conference of Parties of the Convention of Biological Diversity (Kuala Lumpur, February 2004) reflect such a paradigm shift. The concepts of Community Conserved Areas and Collaborative Management gained widespread acceptance at both these global events.

This booklet would be useful for people from various sectors working on wildlife / biodiversity conservation, community based natural resource management conservation based livelihood and poverty eradication, gender and equity in relation to conservation, and related topics.

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