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Conservation at the Crossroads: Science, Society, and the Future of India's WildlifeIndia faces an ecological crisis of massive proportions. The over exploitation of the country s forests and wetlands is eating away at vital ecological processes. Rapid and unplanned economic development threatens to fragment and devour the wildlife habitats that remain. Plant and animal species are joining the ranks of the critically endangered at faster rates than ever before. Environmental justice and improved governance have to be as much a part of this agenda as sound ecological science and practice. It then surveys alternative approaches to conservation emerging in India and elsewhere which attempt to reconcile social equity with biodiversity goals.
Using the Sariska Tiger Reserve as one of its major anchors, this book analyses the historical, sociopolitical, and biological contexts of nature conservation in the country in an effort to identify the approach to conservation, accommodating both use-based and preservationist paradigms, is necessary if we are to see India s extraordinary wildlife survive into the next century.
Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Permanent Black