Community-based Biodiversity Conservation in the Himalayas
Conservation of biodiversity by local communities has been part of the social system in the Himalayas. A variety of ecosystems are conserved traditionally by local communities. These communities are fully aware of the relationship between protecting the nature and getting ecosystem goods and services. The van panchayat system in Uttarakhand and sacred natural sites all over the Himalayas suggest a mix of the institutions in the region. Globally, community conserved areas (CCAs) are gaining importance. Biodiversity Heritage Sites, Community Reserves, and Conservation Reserves are the new institutional legal provisions that recognize the efforts of local communities in biodiversity conservation in India.
The present volume highlights the importance of the existing systems in terms of their role in biodiversity conservation with community participation and suggests ways to enhance community-based biodiversity conservation in light of the emerging policy provisions. It would serve as an important reference for a wide range of stakeholders, from policy-makers to environmentalists, biodiversity experts, development practitioners, academicians, and researchers.
• The present volume is a compilation of the empirical work done in the context of community-based biodiversity conservation in Uttarakhand Himalayas.
• It provides an excellent overview of variety of community-based institutions present in Uttarakhand.
• It provides an understanding of the biodiversity richness in the region. .
• The book also discusses various policy provisions available such as Biodiversity Heritage Sites of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, of India.
• It is an essential read for the ecologists, foresters, government officers, students of forestry and the organizations working on natural resource management, along with the local communities in Himalayan region.
Table of Contents
• Conservation and Management of Bioresources in Uttarakhand, India
• Van Panchayats: Community Conserved Areas in Uttarakhand
• Van Panchayats in Uttarakhand: A Perspective from Practitioners
• Biodiversity Assessment of Community-managed Institutions through Participatory
• Approach in the Lamgara Area, Almora, Uttarakhand
• Sacred Groves: A Traditional Way of Conserving Biodiversity in Garhwal
• Medicinal Plants in Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve: Traditional Heritagefor Livelihood and Health Security of Ethnic Communities
• Participation of Community in Conserving Biodiversity and Managing
Natural Resources: A Case Study of the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary
• Setting Standards for Sustainable Harvest of Wild Medicinal Plants in
Uttarakhand: A Case Study of Lichens
• Exploring Compatibility of National Guidelines with Biodiversity Heritage
• Sites in the Context of Uttarakhand
• How to Support Community Conserved Areas in India
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