Knowledge Systems and Natural Resources

By: Hemant R. Ojha, Netra P. Timsina, Ram B. Chhetri, and Krishna P. Paudel (eds)

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In recent years, knowledge systems have become key areas of concern for researchers, policy-makers and developmental activists. Knowledge Systems and Natural Resources is a unique collection of case studies from Nepal. It provides rich and incisive insights into critical social processes and deliberative governance. It analyses how knowledge is produced, disseminated and applied in various aspects of natural resource governance in Nepal. The book challenges the dichotomy between traditional and scientific knowledge. It proposes to differentiate among systems of knowledge on the basis of political standing of social actors engaged in natural resource governance. It further proposes that change in givernance hinges on how the diverse systems of knowledge come into deliberative interface and to what extent the unequal distribution of power and knowledge resources in society constrain the process of deliberation. This book will be of great interest to development policy-makers, governance specialists, researchers, academics, development advisors, social activists and students of social and political sciences and natural resource management. Contents Preface Abbreviations Glossary of Nepali words 1 Knowledge Systems and Deliberative Interface in Natural Resource Governance: An Overview - Introduction - Knowledge systems and delibeartive interface: Key theoretical issues - Conceptual frameworks for understanding knowledge systems - Knowledge systems interface in natural resource governance - Overview of case studies - References 2 Agricultural Technology Development in Nepal: Critical Assessment from Knowledge System Perspective - Introduction - An Overview of Nepal Agricultural Research Council - Different perspectives on agriculture technology development * Scientists' perspectives * Farmers' perspectives - Emerging issues in agriculture technology development: Whose knowledge counts? - Improving deliberative knowledge interface in agricultural technology development: A way forward - References 3 Contested Knowledge and Reconciliation in Nepal's Community Forestry: A Case of Forest Inventory Policy - Introduction - Introduction of inventory policy in community forestry - Inventory in community forest: The problem story - The issue of forest inventory in practice - Inventory in community forestry: An issue of knowledge politics - The scientific forest inventory and gap in deliberative interface - Conclusion - References 4 From Grassroots to Policy Deliberation: The Case of Community Forest Users' Federation in Nepal - Introduction - Emergence and expansion of forest users' federation * Evolution - What led to the emergence of FECOFUN? - FECOFUN's contribution to deliberative forest governance * Raising the level of civic consciousness in forest governance * Civic resistance to non-deliberative government decisions * Participation in policy deliberation * Influencing service delivery system * Influencing the agenda and approaches of the political parties * Influencing international developmental discourse - Outcomes of FECOFUN actions - Civil-technical knowledge interface: Key issues and challenges - Conclusion - References 5 From Isolation to Interaction: Increasing Knowledge Interface in Chhattis Mauja Irrigation system in Nepal - Introduction - Knowledge systems in Chhattis Mauja: Innovations in technical, organisational, institutional and governance arrangements * Technical arrangements * Organisational, institutional and givernance aspects - Knowledge systems interface: Insights from Chhatis Mauja - Conclusion - References 6 Action Research Experience on Democratising Knowledge in Community Forestry in Nepal - Introduction - Participatory action learning in community forestry - Approach and action steps adopted for facilitating action-learning Step 1: Reflecting upon the situation: understanding the context Step 2: Analysis and planning Step 3: Putting decisions into action Step 4: Reflection and learning - Equity outcomes of the action and learning processes * Inclusion of the excluded * Creating the bridge between EC and the users: A mechanism for knowledge interface - Making a mechanism for regular monitoring * Equity-based forest product distribution system - Contested knowledge and deliberative interface - Conclusion - References 7 Culturally Embedded Knowledge in Irrigation: People's Ways of Thriving in a Himalayan Village - Introduction - Lo Manthang irrigation system: Social and cultural setting - Irrigation practices and the role of indigenous knowledge - Irrigation and farming practice * Water allocation * Maintenance and operation * The Sakaluka ritual * Local myths - Interface between local and scientific systems of knowledge - Local knowledge: The interplay with power - Conclusion - References 8 Deliberative Knowledge Interface: Lessons and Policy Implications - Introduction - Four Systems of knowledge and perspectives - Deliberative knowledge interafce: Issues and innovations * Issues * Innovation - Findings - Conclusion - Way Ahead About the contributors Printed pages: 186.

Title: Knowledge Systems and Natural Resources

Author Name: Hemant R. Ojha, Netra P. Timsina, Ram B. Chhetri, and Krishna P. Paudel (eds)

Categories: India, History, Culture, and Politics,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Foundation Books: 2007

ISBN: 8175965630

ISBN 13: 9788175965638

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 160 x 235 Mm

Seller ID: 019642

Keywords: Natural Resources India