Introduction to Sustainable Management of Natural resources


Keshav Bhatia, Academic Content Writer at Edumarz


In this chapter, you will learn


  1. The cultural and ancient concept of sustainable development

  2. Ganga Action plan and Current government projects to save the river Ganga

  3. The 5Rs to save the environment

  4. Why do we need to manage our resources, and ethno forestry practices 

  5. Forests and Wildlife, their stakeholders, and the management of forests through novel methods, as well as some famous cases.

  6. Water For all

  7. Dams and their pros and cons. 

  8. Watershed management and traditional water-saving methods

  9. Coal and Petroleum, their use, pollution, and making environmentally friendly choices


  1. The cultural and ancient Indian concept of sustainable management and their significance in present times.

  2. Ganga Action plan and the current condition of river Ganga, pollution parameters for rivers, causes of pollution in the river, and current government projects to save the River.

  3. 5Rs to save the environment, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle and the concept of sustainable management.

  4. The need to manage our resources, equitable distribution of resources, the importance of managing resources in ancient Indian literature, and ethno-forestry practices.

  5. Forests and Wildlife, their Stakeholders, the interests of stakeholders, and how to satisfy them.

  6. Management of forests through novel methods, historically important cases, and the role of local people in managing protected areas.

  7. Water for all, failure to sustain water availability underground, change of water-saving methods after colonization.

  8. Benefits of dams and their social, economic, and environmental cost. 

  9. The goals of watershed management and its importance, water harvesting in India, indigenous methods of water harvesting, and the benefit of storing water underground(groundwater). Indigenous alternatives to dams and the importance of local people having control over their resources.

  10. Importance of fossil fuels, their judicious use, the need to look for alternative energy sources, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions due to combustion of coal and petroleum, making environment friendly choices and improvements in combustion engines.

  11. An overview of natural resource management, the need to go beyond laws and regulations and make sustainable choices individually and collectively so that current and future generations can enjoy the benefits of development.

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