Forests are critical for sustainable development, environment and also for livelihood. They provide a wealth of goods and services that are essential for people's lives, cash income and green economy. Maintaining and enhancing our planet's forest resources is essential if we are to succeed in the global efforts to alleviate poverty, address water scarcity and biodiversity loss, and mitigate climate change. Culturally and historically, the intrinsic value of forests, and the spiritual and sacred use of forests have great importance to local communities and our cultural identity. This book on Sustainable Forestry: Emerging Challenges, written by experienced academicians, scientists and other researchers shows the present ongoing initiatives in the country to address sustainable forestry and its management. An estimated 230 million people in India rely on forests for their livelihoods to some degree, including some 60 million indigenous people and other forest-dwelling communities. While more than two billion people - the developing world's population use fodder, biomass fuels, mainly firewood, to cook food and large number of non-timber forest products for their day-to-day needs.
Prodyut Bhattacharya :- Prof. Prodyut Bhattacharya is Ex-Dean of University School of Environment Management at GGS Indraprastha University, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, New Delhi. He is Professor in the area of Natural Resource Management. He has twenty-four years of experience in research, training and teaching in post graduate and PhD levels. He has been a fellow of Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) of the University of California, Berkley, USA and Visiting Scientist fellowship (JSPS) under the University of Tsukuba, Japan. He received advance training on community forestry and microfinance from RECOFTC, Kassetsart University, Bangkok, and University of Naropa, Colorado, USA, respectively. He has worked with the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal, under MoEF & CC, Government of India (1994-2010). He was the Founder Coordinator to set up the International Centre for Community Forestry (ICCF) at IIFM, Bhopal. He has published more than 120 research papers in international and national journals including articles, technical reports, and conference papers, and has co-authored/edited five books. He has completed 10 International sponsored research projects (ITTO, IIED, DFID, IUCN, JICA, IDRC etc), and 14 other nationally sponsored research projects from multilateral/bilateral donors, government and corporate bodies. A.K. Kandya :- Prof. A. K. Kandya is a retired Professor of Botany from Dr. H. S. Gour University, Sagar, M.P. He had a long experience of teaching post graduate students of Forestry and Environment. He has supervised 22 students for Ph.D. programs. He had been a DAAD Fellow (1976-1978) at the Institute of Forestry, Hamburg, Germany, and at the Institute of Silviculture, Freiburg, Germany (1983). He had also been a JSPS Fellow (1985-1986) at the Department of Forestry, Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan and Guest Professor at the University of Applied Sciences, Eberswalde (2001 and 2005). He delivered invited lectures and chaired sessions at the IUFRO International Symposia at Curritiba, (Brazil, 1984) Tsukuba, (Japan, 1985), Colombo (Sri Lanka, 1987) Harare (Zimbabwe, 1987) and several places in India. He has edited/written six books and has published more than 100 research papers, monographs and review articles in journal of repute in and outside India.