CONTENTS:- Preface 1. Himalaya: An Introduction 2. Ecotourism in Himalayas 3. Sustainable Development of the Himalayan Region 4. Himalayan Subtropical Pine Forests 5. Patterns of Water Potential Among Forest Types of the Central Himalaya 6. Thinking Beyond Dominants 7. Conservation Issues in the Himalayan Region 8. Species of the Greater Himalaya 9. Mountain Ungulates in the Himalayan and Trans-Himalayan Protected Areas of India 10. Status, Distribution and Management of Mountain Ungulates in Uttaranchal 11. Wildlife Management in Sikkim 12. Snow Leopard Conservation in the Indian Trans-Himalaya 13. Conservation Issues in the Trans-Himalaya 14. Musk Deer: A Story of Himalayan Survival 15. Nutrient Dynamics in Himalaya 16. Valuation of Ecosystem Services of Himalaya Mountains Forests 17. Sino-Himalayan Mountain Forests 18. Ethnomedicinal Botany of the Eastern Himalaya 19. Design and Development of a Himalayan Studies Information System for India
Development objectives reflect planning process, which consistently emphasized the necessity of promoting policies and programmes of economic growth and social welfare. The economic development of a country or region is generally expressed in terms of the growth of its income. The value of the final product excluding the value of inputs used in the process of production is termed as the Gross National Product (GNP). However, these indicators of economic development do not take into account the use and depreciation of the renewable or non-renewable natural resources. As environment being a multi-disciplinary subject involving complex themes like biodiversity, atmosphere, water, land, soil, human settlements, human activities and many others, it is quite difficult to collect, analyse and study relationships among these various components. Hence, there is an urgent need to develop an environmental-economics accounting system to maintain natural resource accounts in totality.