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Community Natural Resource Management and Poverty in India

Community Natural Resource Management and Poverty in India
The Evidence from Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh

First Edition
  • Shashidharan Enarth - Senior Advisor, Institute of Livelihood Research and Training, Hyderabad
  • Jharna Pathak - Assistant Professor, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad
  • Amita Shah - Former Director, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad
  • Madhu Verma - Professor, Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal
  • John R. Wood - Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

July 2016 | 440 pages | SAGE India

A comparative analysis of two contrasting strategies in the implementation of Community Natural Resource Management (CNRM) programmes in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh

This book examines whether the introduction of CNRM schemes in rural India made an impact on poverty alleviation. These programmes were implemented in various phases and manners in different states over the last two decades and their comparative performance as well as successes and failures are analysed.  Inspired by the Millennial Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2000, the book focuses on participatory irrigation management, watershed development, joint forest management, and inland fishing cooperatives.

This book is indispensable to scholars of development studies, environmental studies, community resource management, and sociology. 

CNRM in India: The Problem and the Context John R Wood
Comparative CNRM: From Concepts to Field Research John R Wood, Shashidharan Enarth and Amita Shah
Participatory Irrigation Management in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh: When and How Can It Benefit the Poor? Shashidharan Enarth
Resource Management and Poverty in Gujarat’s and Madhya Pradesh’s Inland Fisheries: Hopeful Opportunities and Hard Realities Jharna Pathak
Participatory Watershed Development Projects in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh: Do They Impact Poverty? Amita Shah
Poverty Reduction and the Community Management of Forests: The Experience of Joint Forest Management Institutions Madhu Verma
Conclusion: Comparing CNRM Institutions and Their Impact on Poverty in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh John R Wood
CNRM and Poverty in India: The Way Forward John R Wood
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Shashidharan Enarth

Shashidharan Enarth is Senior Advisor at the Institute of Livelihood Research and Training, Hyderabad. With over two decades of professional experience in development sector spread across three Indian NGOs—LOCOST, AKRSP and DSC—he has promoted programmes ranging from holistic health to natural resources development and good governance. He has also worked as a consultant to the World Bank on NRM programmes in Nigeria, Tanzania and India. After a PhD from University of British Columbia, he pursued research interests on decentralization, democratization and role of civil society in creating system changes. He was also closely involved in... More About Author

Jharna Pathak

Jharna Pathak is Assistant Professor, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad. Her research interests include dryland farming and institutions in managing natural resources. Dr Pathak is also a visiting professor at Gujarat University and various management institutes in Ahmedabad. Her research mainly concerns issues in policy and institutional development in the areas of managing natural resources, dryland agriculture, innovations in farms and agriculture and sustainable development. She has edited a volume of essays (jointly with Amita Shah) titled Tribal Development in Western India, (2014). More About Author

Amita Shah

Amita Shah is Professor of Economics and former Director of Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad. Her major areas of research are dryland agriculture and forestry, environmental impact assessment, gender and environment, agriculture-industry interface, employment and livelihood issues and chronic poverty. She has published several books and over 75 research papers in reputed journals. She has worked closely with a number of government, non-government and international organizations. She has also been a consultant to various donor agencies within and outside India. More About Author

Madhu Verma

Madhu Verma is Professor, Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal. She has 27 years of work experience with postdoctoral research work at University of California (Berkeley) and University of Massachusetts (Amherst), USA. She has more than 40 publications in international and national journals/books to her credit and has conducted projects on valuation, green accounting and payment for ecosystem services with the support of the World Bank, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), European Union (EU), Department for International Development (DFID), Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Institute for Environment and... More About Author

John R. Wood

John R. Wood is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver. He taught Comparative Politics with a special focus on India at UBC for 36 years and was Founder/Director of its Centre for India and South Asia Research. Throughout his career, he was involved with the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) which promotes academic exchange and research collaboration between India and Canada. He served as the Resident Director at SICI’s India Office (New Delhi) between 1973–75, 1989–90 and 2004–06. He was the author of The Politics of Water Resources Development in India—The Narmada... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789351506522