Conservation Landscapes and Human Well-Being: Sustainable Development in the Eastern Himalayas, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Conservation Landscapes and Human Well-Being

Sustainable Development in the Eastern Himalayas, 1st Edition

Edited by Siddhartha Krishnan

Routledge India

190 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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The Himalayas are said to be the youngest mountain ranges in the world. This book studies the well-being of the eastern Himalayan forest-dwellers in terms of their capabilities and functioning. Using Amartya Sen’s and Martha Nussbaum’s Capabilities Approach, it examines the educational and health opportunities and substantial freedoms afforded to farmers and pastoralists living and working in the Senchal and Singalila Protected Areas of North Bengal, India. It also discusses the challenges and potential of the Forest Rights Act as a well-being delivery mechanism. The book adopts a comparative narrative of socio-ecological information generated from interviews, ecological field methods, remote sensing and participatory rural appraisals to provide insight on human development in conservation contexts.

This volume will be of interest to students and researchers of conservation biology, development studies, socio-ecological systems studies, political ecology, human development index, ecological economics, environmental sociology, and South Asian studies. It will also be useful to policy-makers and NGOs in the conservation and livelihoods sector.

Table of Contents

1. Human Well-being in Conservation Landscapes 2. Sustainable Development as Freedom 3. Justice and the Jungle: Contextualizing the Central Capabilities in Singalila and Senchal Landscapes 4. Sustainable Ecological Capacity of Forest-Fringe Families 5. Our ‘Other Species’ Capabilities and Capabilities of Other Species 6. Our Village Would Have Been Heaven: What the Families of Gorkhey Value 7. Conclusion: Inclusion

About the Editors

Siddhartha Krishnan isAssociate Professor at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Karnataka, India, and is affiliated to its Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation. He is the Convener of ATREE’s Academy for Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies. His disciplinary and conceptual interests are in historicizing environmental sociology and sociologizing environmental history. He collects field and archival data to address questions pertaining to pastoral landscape and lifestyle transformations; human capabilities and ecosystems services; environmental justice; and modernity and development questions as they pertain to food, pesticide use and human health. He teaches sociology, environmental sociology and qualitative research methods in ATREE’s PhD programme. He was Carson Fellow (2012-2013) at the Rachel Carson Center (RCC) for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany. Since April 2015, he is member of the Executive Committee of the Carson Society of Fellows. He was elected in April 2016 as a Board member of the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations.

Soubadra Devy is Associate Professor and Co-Convener of the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Karnataka, India. Her research interests are in interactions between plants and animals, and developing a canopy programme for India through its protected areas network. She is also working on extending through participatory community approaches, the biodiversity frontier to production landscapes. In 2006, for her treetop discoveries, she won the Lowell Thomas prize awarded by the Explorers Club and Rolex, USA. She also develops rigorous field conservation courses, which cater to various target audiences.

Neha Mohanty presently works as Education and Communication Officer at the Academy for Conservation and Sustainability Studies, ATREE, Karnataka, India. Her areas of interest comprise issues of violence and dispossession, local health traditions, sociology of agriculture and eco-social justice. She is also interested in exploring the impact on mental health of communities in stressful conservation contexts.


About the Series

Transition in Northeastern India

The uniquely diverse landscapes, societies and cultures of northeastern India, forged through complex bio-geographic and socio-political forces, are now facing rapid transition. This series focuses on the processes and practices that have shaped, and are shaping, the peoples’ identities, outlook, institutions, and economy. Eschewing the homogenising term ‘North East’, which was imposed on the region in a particular political context half a century ago, the series title refers to the ‘northeastern’ region to more accurately reflect its heterogeneity. Seeking to explore how the ‘mainstream’ and the ‘margins’ impact each other, the series foregrounds both historical and contemporary research on the region including the Eastern Himalaya, the adjoining hills and valleys, the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura. It publishes original, reflective studies that draw upon different disciplines and approaches, and combine empirical and theoretical insights to make scholarship accessible for general readers and to help deepen the understanding of academics, policy-makers and practitioners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
NATURE / Regional
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies