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Reorienting Forest Management in Karnataka

Author Name: Ganesh Sugur | Format: Paperback | Genre : Technology & Engineering | Other Details

The book attempts to codify important interventions to reorient the present forest management practices in the state of Karnataka in India. It critically looks at the present status of forests and how a resource once plentiful stands degraded and has lost its functional efficiency. There is also a detailed assessment of the threats to forest and wildlife conservation and practical ways to address these challenges. The book argues that optimizing productivity from forests and addressing the underlying livelihood issues of the forest-dependent communities hold the key to an effective forest and wildlife conservation. Further it also evaluates past efforts to regenerate forests, various afforestation schemes and shortlists recommendations for a successful nursery and plantation program. Acknowledging farm forestry as the only practical way to achieve the objective of increasing forest and tree cover to one third of geographical area of the country, the book comes out with a well-defined strategy and action plan for a successful farm-forestry campaign. Recognizing the significance of people’s participation, the book suggests ways to meaningfully involve people in forest and wildlife conservation. Finally, the book anvils a comprehensive action plan and a way forward for holistic and effective management of the forestry sector.

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Ganesh Sugur

Shri Ganesh Sugur, a retired Indian Forest Service (1979) officer of Karnataka cadre, has a vast and varied experience in forest management and administration. He has over 36 years of experience in protection, conservation and development of tropical forests spread across the state of Karnataka. He held charge of different field-level responsibilities where the main focus was on managing natural forests, afforestation of areas outside forests and farm forestry. He also worked for considerable time in forest research and was one of the pioneers in launching a comprehensive tree-improvement strategy for the state. He has also worked in Jungle Lodges and Resorts, a state-owned successful eco-tourism venture. As APCCF (Development), he was instrumental in compiling regeneration and afforestation guidelines titled ‘Species and planting technique models’ for the state of Karnataka. He worked as JMD and MD of Karnataka Forest Development Corporation and contributed to its turnaround into a profit-making organization. He superannuated as PCCF (Head of Forest Force) in June 2015. He has authored over a dozen articles on various aspects of forest management. He has also participated in many training programs, workshops at national and international level and has presented papers on various aspects of forestry.

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