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 resources conserving technological interventions, water harvesting and improved cultivation practices have the potential to improve utilization of natural resources and significantly enhanced crop productivity in the country. The present book contains selected papers presented in FFCSWR-2017 and is compilation of various topical issues on the prime concerns of natural resources 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 stories, etc. The book contains selected papers contributed by scientists, officers, scholars having wide experience in the field of natural resource management. With references to North-Eastern India and some other states having common interests and implications for the regional development. The book is organized in 5 sections: Natural Resources 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, 2017. We hope, the book will be of immense importance for Scientists, teachers, scholars, policy-makers, line departments and extension agencies working in the area of natural resource conservation and management.
Dr. Narinder Kumar Sharma, Specialized in Conservation Agronomy , Agroforestry and Watershed Management and has about 33 years of research experience in the areas of resource conservation and management; agronomy / agroforestry for conservation , production and environmental enhancement; Soil fertility / land use / watershed management / farming systems 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, MOA and GoI. Presently he is working as Head , Soil Science & Agronomy at IISWC, Dehradun.
Dr. Gopal Kumar born in Lakhisarai district of Bihar, completed his B.Sc. (Ag.) degree from Rajendra Agricultural University, PUSA, Bihar and , Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Physics from IARI, New Delhi. He Started his career as a Scientists (Soil Physics and SWC) from ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation and served at Research Centre-Udhagamandalam, Tamil Nadu. He is Presently posted as a Senior Scientist at ICAR-Indian Research Institute of Soil and Water Conservation , Dehradun. He is a dedicated researchers of multi-disciplinary approach with excellent academic records and recipient of prestigious ICAR-Outstanding Inter-disciplinary team research award, Young Scientist award (IASWC), Prof. P.D. Mistry award (AAM). He has authored 50 research papers in peer reviewed journals, 7 authored and edited books, 5 bulletins and others book chapters, 15-popular articles, 5-leaflets and 2-bulletins.