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Forest Management Based on Nature and Centred on People

Author Name: C.K. Sreedharan | Format: Paperback | Genre : Outdoors & Nature | Other Details

“A sustainable forest ecosystem must be our aim of forest management, one in which all flora and fauna, including human beings, can live in perfect and balanced harmony with the whole of nature.”
In today’s fast-changing world, forest management needs to gear up to respond to the present-day needs with the priority of modern scientific management over conventional classic management, participatory management over forest enforcement, conservation forestry over production forestry, private tree enterprise and liberalization over government control, and professional management over general management in Tamil Nadu, India. 

Forest Management herein has introduced the best principle of sustainably managing the forest by strictly avoiding all ecologically harmful interventions, and instead, facilitate the natural course of action along with protection in Tamil Nadu. Tree growing and use in private lands need to be brought outside the purview of Tamil Nadu Forest Act 1882 for it to become a massive enterprise. A massive brown revolution based on trees is a definite possibility in this country, on the lines of green and white revolution, provided tree management is taken outside the clutches of government control.

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C.K. Sreedharan

C.K. Sreedharan, an expert in Natural Resource Management, is a retired Indian Forest Service officer, with a post-graduate degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and a doctorate in forestry and community development from Gandhigram University, Tamil Nadu. He passed out from Indian Forest College, Dehradun in 1977 with a post-graduate diploma in forestry (AIFC Hons.) and topped the rank as the Currie scholar cum best all-round forester. He retired as the first Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Head of Forest Force, Tamil Nadu, after 35 years of service. He is now the chairman of United Nilgiris Conservation Society (UNCS), a CSR arm of TVS Motor Company. He had developed a special interest in integrating tribal development and forest conservation and makes it a lasting proposition in forest management to the benefit of both. He also initiated policy changes to make tree-growing in private lands a profitable venture by removing the prevailing irksome restrictions and regulations till then. He formulated and implemented a massive and successful participatory forest management called Tamil Nadu Afforestation Project (TAP) for 15 years. He has authored a sizable number of articles and papers on forestry and community development in National and International journals and books.