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Policy and Legal Framework For Urban Green Space Governance in india

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ISBN: 9788170358688    Publisher: Daya Publishing House Year of publishing: 2013     Format:  Hardcover Language: English
The present book makes an attempt to explain the need and evolution of regulations for managing the tree and forest cover in urban and rural (including special problematic) areas - which are normally outside...Read more
The present book makes an attempt to explain the need and evolution of regulations for managing the tree and forest cover in urban and rural (including special problematic) areas - which are normally outside the focus of the legal forestry or scientific forestry, but are of critical importance.
However, the urban areas because of their special needs for green spaces have got special focus as far as this book is considered. The need and design of such regulations focused to greenery in urban areas is preceded by the discussion on appropriate policy; which has been delineated cussed in a separate chapter given the importance of the topic.
The need for good governance in urban forestry and tree related regulations are urgently felt and hence some of the key elements of it have also been discussed. The expectation of the society for good governance is felt across the domain including forestry sector; hence the forestry and general tree or forest management in urban context has to be in consonance with modern concept of good governance. This aspect has not only been discussed in theoretical perspective but the various existing provincial regulations have been scanned with focus on some of the core elements of good governance. At the same time global efforts to incorporate approaches of good governance in urban forestry or tree growing have also been discussed; with some glimpses of good practices are also given to readers.
The very unique feature of the book, which can be useful for policy planners, framers of regulations, implementers and other affected stakeholders is to discuss the major approaches for ensuring the well managed tree and forest resources (particularly in urban context). These approaches like planning, motivation and market based instruments have been playing an important role in other sectors and to some extent are being applied in urban forestry as well. The theoretical treatment of this topic with practical examples from different countries and from India, illustrates the logic behind each approach. Having realised the vast potential and scope of each of these approaches- the reader is introduced to the possibility of application of these approaches in urban forestry regulations. At the end of the chapter, it is expected that the reader would be convinced of the need of fusion of approaches as only this integrated framework can work efficiently and effectively in any given context.
The comparative analysis of different provincial regulations also offers enough insights to the readers for improving their efficiency by supplementing them by the elements of other approaches. The critique of each provincial regulation can provide enough clues to the modifications of such regulations.
As highlighted by numerous studies, the importance of trees, forests, greenery and green spaces are growing every day. The planners and regulators are facing strong challenge to conserve, enhance and maintain such green resources in urban areas or even beyond. Sooner or later, many of the states, local urban bodies and institutions will have to come out with more of innovative and proactive approaches to ensure greenery in their domain. All the discussions, analyses and critical commentaries in various formats and frameworks used in this book can help them in appreciating the problems and accordingly formulate an appropriate regulatory strategy in their context.
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About the author: Gupta, H.S. & Okhandiar, Rajit R.
H.S. Gupta is currently a senior Professor in faculty of Technical Forestry at IIFM
Bhopal, with his current research focus on collaborative working... Read more
H.S. Gupta is currently a senior Professor in faculty of Technical Forestry at IIFM
Bhopal, with his current research focus on collaborative working in forestry projects,
plantation forestry, management of wildlife, climate change in forestry etc. He is an IFS
officer of Jharkhand Cadre of 1986 batch. He has got his Ph.D. from BIT Mesra, M.Tech from
IIT Delhi and Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management from IGNOU. He has
worked extensively in different districts of Bihar and Jharkhand, carrying out various models
of plantations/afforestation and analysed the different dimensions of their monitoring,
evaluation, assessment and legal, social, economic aspects. He has keen interest in policy,
law and governance related issues of forestry sector. His current interest in research and
training related activities is focussed on the sustainability and certification aspects of forestry.
Sustaining or expecting the increasing supply for various timber, NTFPs, services from the
trees and forest is the major expectation from the forestry sector in general and urban
forestry in particular. The author has struggled to find ways to meet these expectations at
limited level with different social, economic, managerial, technical interventions in the field.
But he could find great potential in well designed regulatory frameworks for urban forestry
context. The present work is an attempt to throw some light on path for any one who is in
quest for "those well designed regulations and policies" for the tree and forest, particularly
in urban areas.
Rajit R. Okhandiar is an officer of Indian Forest Service of Madhya Pradesh Cadre of
1987 batch. He is presently posted as Chief Conservator of Forests and CEO of MP Minor
Forest Produce Federation, Bhopal. He has done his Post graduation from Patna University
in Physics. Having a sound background of physics and wide experience of forestry, he opted
to do his specialization in the modern technological field of Remote Sensing and GIS. He has
done his masters in Geo-Informatics from International Institute of Geo Information and
Earth Science, The Netherlands. He has amply used his new acquired knowledge in assessment
of vegetational cover and change detection in it through various GIS techniques. Using this
tools and techniques, he is also engaged in assessment of urban green spaces of city of
Bhopal. The change in green cover or green space in urban domain had always been an area
of great concern for him. It is this burning desire to contribute and bring forward this issue
before city planners and citizens, he involved himself in preparation of Ministry of Urban
Development, GoI and Ministry of HRD, GoI sponsored National Urban School Sanitation
Manual in which Green Space development was a key component. The manual has been
accepted by CBSE. He was also involved in preparation of a background paper on Indian
Forest Service Cadre management and merging issues in forestry sectors for GTZ (German
cooperation for development).
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