Natural resources are vital for meeting the food, livelihood and environmental security. It is now widely accepted that future of food, livelihood and environmental security depends upon the attention paid to conservation, sustainable development and management of natural resources. Research carried out over the last five decades have clearly demonstrated that resource conserving technological interventions, water harvesting and improved cultivation practices have the potential to improve utilization of natural resources and significantly enhance crop productivity in the country. The present book contains selected papers presented in FFCSWR-2014 and is compilation of various topical issues on the prime concerns of natural resource conservation in arable and non-arable lands, soil-water resource development and conservation, diversification of crops and farming systems, management of various ecosystems, people's participation, livelihoods, socio-economic development, success stormiest. The selected papers are contributed by scientists, officers, scholars having wide experience in the field of natural resource management with reference to northern India and other states having common interests and implications for the regional development. The book is organized in 5 sections: Natural Resource Conservation Technologies, Water Resource Development and Improved Irrigation Systems, Alternate Land Use Systems, Participatory Watershed Management Programs and Success Stories and Brief Proceedings and Recommendations of the FFCSWR 2014. We hope, the book will be of immense importance for scientists, teachers, scholars, policy makers and extension agencies working in the area of natural resource conservation and management.
Dr Muruganandam Muthiah, Sr. Scientist (Fisheries), ICAR-IISWC, Dehradun is presently at USGS Coop. Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Deptt. of NRM, South Dakota State University (SDSU), Brookings SD, USA as a Fulbright Visiting Scientist. Earlier, he had visited Auburn University, Alabama, USA as a Visiting Researcher. He is the founder scientist at ICAR-IISWC, Dehradunwho established fisheries and aquatic science by creating bio-physical interventions/integration with other agricultural disciplines and formatting research, training and demonstration programs. His pioneering works culminated into refining 6 fish farming/livestock based production technologies and fetched sponsorship for research/training programs. He has completed 14research/ demonstration projects and published over 50 research and technical papers and 2 theses. He had organized a national conference besides much training/camps/field demonstrations to stakeholders.
Dr Debashis Mandal is presently working as Principal Scientist (Soils) and ICAR-National Fellow at IISWC, Dehradun. Dr. Mandal has made outstanding contribution in basic, strategic, applied and location specific researching the field of soil and water conservation. He has, for the first time in India, developed a framework to assess soil loss tolerance limits. His cited pioneering research work encompass assessing soil quality and soil loss tolerance limits, water repellence, identifying soil erosion risk areas and classification of land for soil conservation planning and sustainable land use. He is credited with developing a rapid farmer's friendly method to estimate soil health. He handled more than 10 research projects as PI and Co-PI sponsored by ICAR, Mo RD,BARC, and Mo WR and has more than 75 publications in national and international peer reviewed Journals, books, bulletins, manuals, book chapters, reports and review papers to his credit.
Dr Rajesh Kaushal, Senior Scientist (Forestry) at the ICAR-IISWC, Dehradun has 13 years experience of teaching, research and extension in the discipline of Agro forestry. He started his career in 2003 as Assistant Scientist (Agroforestry) at GB Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar. He has also handled additional responsibility of Assistant Director, Agro forestry Research Centre (AFRC) and Assistant Coordinator for coordinating research program on bamboos at Pantnagar. He obtained specialized training on carbon sequestration from The Ohio State University, USA. He is recipient of University gold medal, Himotkarsh gold medal and Santosh Shiksha Puraskar. He was also awarded UNDP and World Bank Fellowship. He has to his credit more than 50 research papers, 04 books, 01 practical manual and 5 technical bulletins.
Dr P K Mishra is presently the Director of ICAR-IISWC, Dehradun. He was trained in Professional Development Program in UK and in the field of GIS About the Editors PDF created with pdf Factory Pro trial version www.pdffactory.comand Hydrologic Modelling in USA and Australia. He studied at University of Karlsruhe, Germany for his Ph.D under DAAD fellowship from 1986-1988. He has 30 years of field and research experience in different capacities. His major contributions are in the area of drought management, documentation of IT Ksrelating to Soil and Water Conservation, Common Pool Resources (CPR) management, development of research watersheds, compilation of rained technologies and climate change research initiatives. Dr. Mishra is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including DAAD fellowship from Germany. He has about 245 publications to his credit including research papers in National and International journals of repute, books, book chapters, papers in national and international proceedings, popular articles, bulletins and reports and short communications.
Dr O P Chaturvedi was educated at Banaras Hindu University (B.Sc. 1976;M.Sc. 1978) and Kumaun University, Nainital (Ph.D. 1983). He later was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University College of North Wales, Bangor, UK, 1988-89.Dr. Chaturvedi is presently working as the Director, Central Agro forestry Research Institute, Jhansi since 2015. His major contributions in research, teaching and extension relate to both tropical and temperate regions of India. He was Nodal Officer for integrated development of watershed through soil and water conservation activities using alternate land use systems at Garhkundar in Tekamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. His contributions in research on various aspects of agro forestry and forestry have been attempts to explicate the scientific understanding of the system for better production and economics. He is a recipient of NAAS Recognition Award (Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences) 2007-2008 and Dr. K.G. Tejwani Award 2008 for excellence in Agro forestry Research & Development. He has to his credit more than 200 publications in national and international journals of repute.
Dr Narinder Kumar Sharma specializes in Conservation Agronomy and Watershed Management and has about 30 years of research experience in areas of resource conservation and management; agronomy/agro forestry for conservation, production and environmental enhancement; soil fertility/land use/watershed management/Farming system research, Utilization of degraded lands; upliftment/social service to the society and sustaining the Himalayan Agro-Ecosystem in context of changing climate. He worked on several national and international research projects funded by agencies like ICAR, NATP, DST, NAIP, USUAID, Mo A and GoI. Presently, he is working as Head, Soil Science &Agronomy at IISWC, Dehradun. Prabhat Ranjan Ojasvi, Ph. D. specializes in Hydrology, Stochastic Modeling and Watershed Management and has about 30 years of research experience in areas such as rehabilitation of wastelands, watershed development, water harvesting and water management, hydrological modeling and software development, soil loss modeling, application of GIS and remote sensing, artificial neural networks, and impact studies on climate change. He worked on several About the Editors / vi PDF created with pdf Factory Pro trial version www.pdffactory.comnational and international research projects funded by agencies like ICAR,NWDB, DST, NATP, NAIP, USAID and CIDA. He worked at CAZRI, Jodhpur and IISWC, Dehradun.
Dr Lakhan Singh is presently the Head of HRD & Social Science Divisionat ICAR- Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Dehradun. Prior to his joining the Institute, he served as Principal Scientist and Senior Scientist for about 14 years at the ICAR-Zonal Project Directorate (now ATARI), Zone IV, Kanpur and actively engaged for planning, monitoring, evaluating and coordinating the frontline extension programs and activities of 81 Krishi VigyanKendras of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. He has contributed significantly for harnessing pulses productivity, developing future agricultural extension strategy, managing field extension, mitigating drought situation, promoting resource conservation technologies and diversifying the agriculture through KVKs. He has been bestowed upon with several awards and honours which include the prestigious
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Puruskar (2002). Dr. Singh has to his credit 66 research papers published in reputed journals, book chapters, bulletins, popular articles and extension publications. Dr (Mrs) Sangeeta Naithani Sharma, born at Bareilly (UP), earned her Ph.D. from Rohilkhand University, Bareilly. She served as a Technical Officer since 1987 at the prestigious ICAR-IVRI, Izatnagar, Bareilly and thereafter as Senior Technical Officer at ICAR-CARI, Izatnagar, Bareilly. In 1998, she joined the erstwhile CSWCRTI (presently ICAR-IISWC) at Dehradun (Uttarakhand),where she served as Technical Officer of Hill & Mountain Agro-ecosystem Directorate of the National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP). Presently, she is serving as Chief Technical Officer in the Prioritization, Monitoring &Evaluation Cell of ICAR-IISWC, Dehradun.