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Conservation and development in India : reimagining wilderness

Author: Shonil Bhagwat
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
Series: Earthscan conservation and development series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Despite decades of efforts to integrate conservation and development, India is torn between two very different worldviews of peoples' place in the country's natural environment. This book takes a critical look at nature conservation and poverty alleviation in India. It opens up discussion of the conservation-development nexus in a country that stands at a major crossroads, where forces of neoliberalism,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shonil Bhagwat
ISBN: 9781138922334 1138922331
OCLC Number: 1005817797
Notes: "Earthscan from Routledge"--Front cover.
Description: xi, 208 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Chapter 1: Introduction: Conservation and development in IndiaShonil BhagwatChapter 2: The impact of the Anthropocene in the locality: Eastern India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuryVinita Damodaran Chapter 3: For the Environment against Conservation: Conflict between renewable energy and biodiversity protection in IndiaShikha Lakhanpal and Ashwini ChhatreChapter 4: Species and Sites Matter: Understanding Human-Wildlife Interactions from 5000 surveys in IndiaKrithi K. Karanth and Akshay Surendra Chapter 5: Thinking like an Elephant, looking beyond protected areasTarsh ThekaekaraChapter 6: Biodiversity in Community-managed Landscapes: A View of Potential and Constraints in the Van Panchayats of Kumaon HimalayasGhazala Shahabuddin and Rajesh ThadaniChapter 7: Mapping Landscapes: History, Culture and Local Knowledge in Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, IndiaNitin Rai and C. MadegowdaChapter 8: Conservation and Development: Beyond National Parks and SanctuariesSushil Saigal, Swati Chaliha, Chetna Nahata and Sunpreet KaurChapter 9: Ficus to Filter: Understanding complexities of market incentives for conserving biodiversity on private landsArshiya Bose Chapter 10: Conclusions: Reimagining wildernessShonil Bhagwat
Series Title: Earthscan conservation and development series.
Responsibility: edited by Shonil Bhagwat.

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Despite decades of efforts to integrate conservation and development, India is torn between two very different worldviews of peoples' place in the country's natural environment. This book takes a critical look at nature conservation and poverty alleviation in India. It opens up discussion of the conservation-development nexus in a country that stands at a major crossroads, where forces of neoliberalism, globalisation and urbanisation are driving the future of India's environment. As the book shows, conservation in India is increasingly concerned with creating `theme parks' - inviolate, albeit isolated, spaces for wild nature, whereas development is concerned with fast-tracking the construction of built infrastructure while also rolling out nationwide welfare programmes - promising food, clothing and shelter for the poorest of the poor living in rural India. Conservation and development therefore have very different motivations and attempts to find a common ground have been fraught with challenges. This has been particularly so on the fringes of wildlife parks, where the rural poor come in frequent contact with wild animals to the detriment of both people and wildlife. Chapters are written by leading scholars on India to provide a vision of the future of Indian nature conservation. Whilst focused on India, the book will also be of interest to scholars and researchers of conservation and development more globally. As a `rising power', the world's eyes are set on India's development trajectory and there is unprecedented interest in the course of development that the world's largest democracy takes in the decades to come.

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