Agroforestry Systems for Resource Conservation and Livelihood Security in Lower Himalayas

Edited by Pankaj Panwar, A.K. Tiwari and K.S. Dadhwal, New India Publishing Agency, 2012, x, 302 p, figs, tables, col. plates, ISBN : 9789381450215, $85.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Agroforestry Systems for Resource Conservation and Livelihood Security in Lower Himalayas

Contents: Preface. Glossary. 1. Agroforestry scenario and opportunities in Shivalik Himalayas/Pankaj Panwar, A.K. Tiwari and K.S. Dadhwal. 2. Agroforestry for soil and water conservation in Jammu Shivaliks/Sandeep Sehgal and Mohammed Saleem. 3. Livelihood security through agroforestry in Jammu Shivaliks/Kamal Kishor Sood. 4. Soil and nutrient loss under different land-uses in upper Shivaliks of Himachal Pradesh/I.P. Sharma and Sudhir Verma. 5. Potential agroforestry systems for mid hill Himalayas/P.S. Thakur and C.L. Thakur. 6. Design for slope protection by using bio-engineering measures in Himalayan region/Rohitashw Kumar, Vijay Shankar and Mahesh Kumar. 7. Suitable agroforestry systems for lower Shivaliks of Panchkula, Haryana/Pankaj Panwar. 8. Agroforestry systems for soil fertility build up of degraded lands of Shivaliks/Sharmistha Pal. 9. Agroforestry for rehabilitation of mine spoils in Dehradun Valley/K.S. Dadhwal and G.P. Juyal. 10. Bhimal (Grewia optiva) based land use systems for resource conservation and fodder severity in Shivalik Himalayas/Harsh Mehta and K.S. Dadhwal. 11. Tree based farming systems for Paonta valley of Himachal Pradesh/V.K. Chauhan, A.K. Joshi and R.S. Rana. 12. Aonla based agroforestry systems for soil and water conservation in Shivaliks/Ram Prasad, R.P. Yadav and Pankaj Panwar. 13. Role of agroforestry in soil conservation and soil quality/R.P. Yadav, S.K. Yadav, Pankaj Panwar and S.L. Arya. 14. Land degradation in the Shivaliks of Jammu and Kashmir: role of agroforestry in conservation and reclamation/Vikas Sharma and S.K. Gupta. 15. Bamboo species of Shivalik foot hills/Bhardwaj, Krishan Chand and Bhalender Singh. 16. Effect of different land treatments on hydrological behaviour and soil loss in Shivaliks/V.K. Bhatt and A.K. Tiwari. 17. Impact of climate change on horticulture/W.S. Dhillon, Sanjeev K. Chauhan and H.V. Srinidhi. 18. Traditional approaches for conservation and utilization of natural resources in Chamba and Kangra districts of Himachal Pradesh/Vipan Guleria and Atul Gupta. 19. Carbon sequestration potential of production forestry for mitigating impact of climate change/S.C. Sharma, A.S. Dogra and Sanjeev K. Chauhan. 20. Rehabilitation of degraded lands through silvipastoral systems--a balanced approach for alternative land use with special reverence to N-W Himalaya/Charan Singh and O.P. Chaturvedi. Subject index.

Shivalik ranges cover an area of about 2.14 million ha in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Haryana states of north-west India. Over exploitation of the resources in the region had lead to soil erosion resulting in the rise of riverbeds, siltation of tanks, reservoirs and other natural water bodies. Soil erosion greater than 80  t ha yr have been recorded from denuded hills at places. More than 70 per cent people of the region are dependent on agriculture, however, only 18 per cent of the cultivated area is irrigated.

Agroforestry where tree and crops are integrated with each other had been recommended world wide to check soil erosion and simultaneously achieve production goals. Adoption of scientifically proven agroforestry systems in Shivaliks can reverse the degradation and improve the economic status of the farmers of the region. Extensive research had been done till date on role of agroforestry in resource conservation and livelihood security in the region. The book is an attempt to compile the available knowledge on the subject. There are 20 chapters in the book covering various topics relating agroforestry systems with soil and water conservation, livelihood security, slope protection through mechanical and vegetative measures, fertility build up, mine spoil rehabilitation, bamboos, climate change and carbon sequestration. (jacket)

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