Depletion, degradation and thus management of natural resources have become an important issue worldwide for sustaining human civilization and its progress. Several factors like population growth, incidence of poverty, unplanned economic activities, ownership rights and faulty system of management as well as government policies are identified to be the major reasons for this. The both way linkages between the availability and quality of resources and economic and human development have been established in several writings theoretically and empirically that provide useful insights for the policy formulation and judicious management of resources. Attempts have been made at different national and international forum to raise awareness among the people and formulate ways for the sustainable management and utilisation of resources. In spite of having huge potential resources, North-East India failed to tap and judiciously use those for the development of the regional economy. However, the region has also been observing degradation of such natural resources.
The present volume is a collection of good articles highlighting the issues and problems of management of natural resources in connection with the development of economy. Also the linkage between human resources and management of natural resources is analysed along with the analysis of role of society, education of the people and traditional knowledge especially in the North-East India for the management of resources both renewable and non-renewable. A part of the volume is also devoted for the management of tourism and related resources along with the description of resource management under natural disaster, which assumed much after the observation of tsunami in recent past and huge loss of property and human life.
Thus, the book is expected to be a great help to the researchers and students of social sciences especially those who are interested in North-East India and also to the general readers interested in the aspects of resource management. It will be a good acquisition by the concerned academicians.