People and protected areas: towards participatory conservation in India

Though conservation policies have to some extent succeeded in stemming the environmental destruction being caused by rampant industrial and urban growth, in India, these efforts have also had the unintended consequence of creating enemies of the very people who have historically been the strongest conservationists. This volume explores possible ways of resolving the conflicts that have arisen between conservationists and local communities by evolving mechanisms for joint or participatory management of protected areas. This is the first book-length study to discuss the socio-political aspects of conservation in India. As it also outlines an important and concrete method for resolving conflicts between local communities and conservationists, this volume is essential reading for environmentalists and all those engaged with conserving India