CONTENTS:- 1. Mineral exploration in India-constraints and issues/S.D. Prasad. 2. Socioeconomic problems and prospects in relation to mining/Naresh C. Saxena. 3. Remote sensing and GIS-A tool for assessment of forests in mining areas of four Indian states/Sandeep Tripathi. 4. Environmental management practices for iron ore mines in India-an overview/T.K. Chakravarty, T.K. Bhowmick and P.C. Acharya. 5. Ecorestoration concept-its application for restoration of biodiversity in mined lands/Prafulla Soni and Lakshmi Rawat. 6. Ethnobotany-an important tool for sustainable restoration/Veena Chandra. 7. Significance of mineralogical approach in rejuvenation of mined lands/A.K. Raina. 8. Minespoil afforestation-constraints and technology/S.D. Sharma and M.K. Gupta. 9. Indian coal industry: environmental scenario and restoration strategies/P.V. Sridharan and S.P. Banerjee. 10. Ecorehabilitation of mined lands on Himalayas through bio-engineering technology-Sahastradhara case study/G.P. Juyal, V.S. Katiyar, K.S. Dadhwal, P. Joshie and R.K Arya. 11. Scope of biofertilizers in mine spoil amelioration/Asha A. Juwarkar, Kirti Dubey and R.N. Singh. 12. Efficacy of mulches in the management of mine spoils/H.B. Vasistha, Om Kumar and Prafulla Soni. 13. Tangible and intangible benefits from forests/M.N. Jha. 14. Socioeconomic aspects of conservation: perspectives and strategies/Alka Shiva and V. Chakravarti.
Across the globe very few areas are left today where human intervention has not altered the ecological structure and function of endemic ecosystems. Areas with reversible ecological impacts are easy to restore and maintain the ecological health through the processes of natural recovery. However, where the impacts on land and water are severe and irrevers ecological restoration is required. Mining of minerals is one activity that drastically alters the ecological systems and completely disrupts the landscape. These areas need special attention and technological challenge in achieving ecological restoration.
Since ecological restoration spans a broad spectrum of issues, editors have attempted to provide insight of ecological restoration tools to managers and practitioners in the field of mining and restoration ecology through understanding of mineral exploration, constraints and issues of ecological applications, socio-economics, ethnobotany, soil, geology, biofertiliser application and soil conservation measures.
The book will be a practical guide to practicing restoration executives, mine managers, policy makers and students and researchers in the field of ecological restoration.