Bio-Cultural Diversity & Sustainable Development in North East India : Status, Vision & Challenges


Ajeya Jha, Sangeeta Jha & S. Munjal

xx, 316 p.; 2009

Includes bibliographical references and index

ISBN-13/ EAN: 9788189973674(Hardbound)

ISBN-10: 81-89973-67-3(Hardbound)

INR 1699.00


LC Subject heading

1. Sustainable development–India, Northeastern–Congresses.

2. Regional planning–India, Northeastern–Congresses.

3. Rural development–India, Northeastern–Congresses.

4. Agriculture–Economic aspects–India, Northeastern–Congresses.

5. Environmental economics–India, Northeastern–Congresses.

6. Biodiversity conservation–India, Northeastern–Congresses.

Bisac Subject:  BUS072000/BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development  

About the Book

The North-eastern states of India are ethnically and culturally very rich and distinct from the rest of the country. They are inhabited by a majority of the indigenous communities and have a variety of ecosystems. These groups have their own ancient traditional systems of using and managing the natural resources on a sustainable basis. But, unfortunately, in the name of development, their bio-cultural diversity is deteriorated day-by-day. To explore ways to address this problem, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology organized a conference, and this book is the collection of the updated version of the papers presented at the conference.

The contributors deliberate on linkage between environmental quality and economic growth, role of agro-processing industries in sustainable development, economic viability of horticulture, indigenous agricultural systems, vermitech, and mainstreaming of climate change through community-based forest management. They also deal with sacred values and bio-diversity conservation, sustainable rural livelihoods, fog-water harvesting, women entrepreneurship, applications of fuel-cell systems, ecotourism and gender perspective of development in the region.

About the Author

Dr. Ajeya Jha is presently the Head of the Department of Management Studies, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology. He is also a Fellow of Indian Congress of Chemistry and Environment. He has over a decade of teaching experience and his research interests include pharmaceutical marketing, sustainable development, wild-life tourism, natural resource management, and tribal knowhow. Prof. Jha has to his credit 5 books, 6 book chapters, 34 research papers and 200 articles. Also, he has participated in a good number of national and international seminars. He has successfully completed many projects for UNESCO, Indo-Canada Environment Facility, Department of Science and Technology (Government of India), and World Wide Fund for Nature-India.

Dr. Sangeeta Jha is presently the Head of Department of Chemistry, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology. She is also a Fellow of Indian Congress of Chemistry and Environment. Her research areas include absorption-desorption studies, polymer composite and photochemistry.She has a teaching experience of over 16 years and has to her credit a good number of research papers published in national and international journals of repute. Also, she has presented papers in many scientific conferences.

Dr. Sonia Munjal is a Reader at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology. Her research areas include pharmaceutical marketing and human resource development. She has to her credit many research papers published in journals of repute. Also, she has presented 9 papers in national and international conferences. She is associated with 18 Management Development Programmers and has been a resource person for numerous MDPs and workshops.


ForewordPreface — Introduction — Environmental Quality and Economic Growth: Some Empirical EvidencesAn Analysis of the Under Development of Nehbandan Region in Iran Agro-Processing Industries: Problems and Prospects for Sustainable DevelopmentSARD-M: Horticulture is an Economically Viable and Environmentally Sustainable Driver of Socio-Economic Development in Mountainous Sikkim Ingenious Agricultural Heritage Systems and Sustainable Agricultural Ecosystems Management in Sikkim Vermitech – An Effective Technology of Organic Waste Management Mainstreaming Climate Change Concerns in Community Based Forest Management Biodiversity, Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development in North East India Sacred Values and Biodiversity Conservation Around Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh Biodiversity as an Agent of Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in Sikkim Himalayas Fog Water Collection in the Northeast India : Problems and Prospects Bamboo Species of North East India: Status, Challenges and Visi Sustaining the Flow of New Breed of Entrepreneurs from the Region: A Study of Women Entrepreneurs in Sikkim Mobile and Stationary Applications of Fuel-cell Systems Ecotourism in Sikkim: Principles, Achievements, Prospects & Potential Problems Growth Restriction of SMEs Located in Remote Landlocked Areas: A Northeast India Perspective Incubation of Grassroots Innovations for Sustainable Regional Development: An Experience with North East India A Comparative Study of the Spread of ICT in the Backward States of India with Special Reference to North Eastern States Look East Policy & the North East Region: A Synergistic Perspective for Sustainable Development Gender and Development: From the Perspective of Northeast India The Digital Divide: Who, How and Where? — Contributors — Index

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