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Translating Development : The Case of Nepal

Edited by Manfred Domroes, Social Science Press, 2003, viii, 315 p, tables, figs, maps, ISBN : 8187358122, $30.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Translating Development : The Case of Nepal/edited by Manfred Domroes

Contents: Preface. 1. Towards a secure development: an introduction/Manfred Domroes. I. Sustainable management of water and land resources: 2. Degradation of land and water resources: selected areas in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas/Juerg Merz, Richard Allen, Pravakar B. Shah and Rolf Weingartner. 3. Water and rural watershed: middle mountains of Nepal/Juerg Merz, Bhuban Shrestha, Madhav P. Dhakal and Bhawani S. Dongol. 4. Sustainable water management in the Jhikhu Khola watershed/Tirtha R. Adhikari, Bidur P. Upadhayay, Madhav P. Dhakal, Pradeep M. Dangol, Smita Shrestha, G. Nakarmi. B. Prajapati-Merz and P.C. Jha. 5. Watershed modelling for sustainable management of natural resources/Mukand S. Babel, Rainer Loof and Sohan K. Ghimire. 6. A balance in land use and water resources utilization in the Pokhara valley/Ramesh C. Arya. 7. Shifting cultivation in Nepal and Thailand: a comparative assessment/Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt. II. Social sustainability and resource management: 8. Food procurement and civil society organization in Nepal/Keshav L. Maharajan. 9. Participation and development/Dieter Rachbauer. 10. Nature conservation and sustainable development/Reti Soliva, Michael Kollmair and Ulrike Muller-Boker. 11. Environmental management and biodiversity: conservation in the new millennium/Khadga Basnet. III. Sustainability of incomes and livelihood: 12. The significance of towns for rural livelihood in Nepal/Martin Raithelhuber. 13. Mountain youth and modernity/Kurt Luger. 14. Community tourism: development and sustainable land use in the hill areas of Nepal/Martina Shakya. 15. Conservation and development: Madhyapur Thimi/Martina Liebermann, Rajendra Pradhanang. 16. Migration and sustainable development in Nepal: carpet workers in the Kathmandu valley/Elvira Graner. 17. Foreign employment and remittance economy of Nepal/Ganesh Gurung. 18. Sustainable livelihood in Southern Mustang district/Willibald Haffner, Hafida Benachib, Christopher Brock, Andres Gerique-Zipfel, Kerstin Merl, Silke Morkel, Martina Park, Perdita Phole, Alexandra Titz and Knut Werning.

"According to this book, sustainable development which must attend to economy, environment and society of a country, is achievable. The contributors to this volume provide information on how this can be done drawing on their experiences at the grassroots level in Nepal. Nepal has a weak socio-economic framework has problems which are similar to other developing countries. The data presented here are therefore, invaluable for large parts of the world.

Translating Development: The Case of Nepal has been divided into three parts. Part one attends to the problem of 'Sustainable management of water and land resources'. Six papers in this section, discuss the degradation of land and water resources; water and rural watershed; sustainable water management; watershed modelling for sustainable management of natural resources; and a balance in land use and utilization of water resources. Part two focuses on the problem of 'Social sustainability and resource management'. Four papers in this section look at food procurement and civil society organization; participation and development; nature conservation and sustainable development; and environmental management and biodiversity. The last section explores 'Sustainability of incomes and livelihood'. Seven papers in this section dwell on the significance of towns for rural livelihood; how the mountain youth cope with modernity; community tourism and development; conservation and development; migration and sustainable development; foreign employment and remittance economy; and sustainable livelihood.

All eighteen papers in this book conclude that the people themselves are a crucial factor. The extent to which development can be sustained is the extent to which the people themselves accept their responsibility towards the external environment in the full sense of the term, to include economy, society and ecology." (jacket)

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