National Conference on Sustainable Resource management

Natural resources such as air, forests, energy and the biological resources of the land and water ecosystems provide the basis for human survival and development. But the increasing demands on these resources, and decrease in availability, emphasize the need for a coordinated approach to sustainable management. The sustainable use and management of natural resources demands an interdisciplinary approach and sound knowledge on each specific resource, as well as on the ecological, economic, and social perspectives related to their use. Natural resources management is one of the applications of ecology that looks into the sustainable management of not just individual ecosystems but entire landscape systems and functions. It identifies and highlights the prospects for institutional, technological, and policy innovations for community-based management of resources to reduce poverty, enhance food security, and ensure biodiversity and watershed management. It helps in answering some of the questions as to how the current natural resources can be managed in a way that will ensure they remain accessible for future generations; how the increasing energy demand can be met in a sustainable way or what technological innovations would enhance their sustainability; and what type of institutions and regulations are needed to prevent the over-utilization and exploitation of land-based biological resource. This conference aims to explore the problems related to sustainable resource management and analyze the efficacy of the present policies, legal framework, judicial initiatives and technical advancements in achieving the goal of sustainable management of resources. Moreover, in twenty first century, there has been a considerable restructuring of the institutional arrangements governing natural resource management. Restructuring efforts of this kind often involve local communities and user groups, joint environmental management schemes, nongovernmental organization (NGO)-based initiatives, co-operative bodies and other actors at the micro and macro level. A non-exhaustive list of such initiatives may include identification of culprits of deforestation, tribal exploitation, various kinds of pollution and other natural resource exploitation activities. The Conference also aims to inquire into all these issues and possible solutions.