Economic growth and development are destroying Rajasthan's unique forest based religious system

This book constitutes the proceedings of a seminar on the economics of the sustainable use of forests resources was held in New Delhi in 1990. To deal with the various aspects of forest use and management, the seminar was divided into five sessions. The first session dealt with natural resource accounting with special reference to forests. The second session dealt with certain basic issues of forest management. The third session focussed on the state of knowledge about forest products.

Using data from villages in three districts of Western Rajasthan, this paper describes the decline in area and deterioration in quality of common property resources over three decades. The decline of common property resources is associated with institutional changes in the villages.


When 80,000 people talk it makes noise. So it wasn t unusual for the fourth World Social Forum WSF in Mumbai to be snidely called a huge talking fair . There was also talk about WSF s need to introspect on its ability to impact globally. A good point.