Khazan Ecosystems Of Goa: Building On Indigenous Solutions To Cope With Global Environmental Change by Sangeeta M. SonakKhazan Ecosystems Of Goa: Building On Indigenous Solutions To Cope With Global Environmental Change by Sangeeta M. Sonak

Khazan Ecosystems Of Goa: Building On Indigenous Solutions To Cope With Global Environmental Change

bySangeeta M. Sonak

Paperback | August 27, 2016

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This book elaborates on theKhazanecosystems of Goa, India.Khazansare human-managed ecosystems, which are reclaimed from coastal wetlands, salt marshes and mangrove areas, where tidal influence is regulated through a highly structured system of dykes, canals, furrows, and sluice gates using resources that are amply available locally.Khazanecosystems are marvels of tribal engineering. They are a simple architectural design, which operate at a very low running cost using tidal, hydro, and solar energy. The design contributes to a highly complex but eco-friendly ecosystem integrating agriculture, aquaculture and salt panning. .Khazanecosystems have been functional for the last 3500 years. The history ofKhazansis very ancient and can be traced to the transition from food gathering to food growing, which has been regarded as the biggest step in the history of human civilization.Khazanecosystems thus have a high historical and world heritage value. They are also repositories of global biodiversity, with unique flora suitable to their unique and highly variable environment. They are endemic and heritage ecosystems of Goa and ultimately reservoirs of history and heritage.

Using the example of theKhazanlands, the book analyzes and comments on traditional ecological knowledge and indigenous technology. It presents the evolution ofKhazanmanagement institutions over a period of more than three thousand years, as well as factors that have contributed to its decline in recent years. It develops a conceptual framework for ecosystem performance and suggests strategies for conservation ofKhazansas well as strategies to build on these indigenous adaptation mechanisms to cope with the global environmental change.

Sangeeta Sonak is the Director of the Centre for Environment and Natural Resource Management, Srujan in Panaji, India and a marine biologist with more than twenty years of research experience. Her major focus is on natural resource management aspects, particularly coastal and marine research management. She has co-ordinated and guided ...
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Title:Khazan Ecosystems Of Goa: Building On Indigenous Solutions To Cope With Global Environmental ChangeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:137 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.02 inPublished:August 27, 2016Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9402400761

ISBN - 13:9789402400762

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Table of Contents

Indigenous traditional knowledge and Global Environmental Change.- An introduction to Goa andKhazanecosystems.- Traditional ecological knowledge and environmental sustainability inKhazan.-Management ofkhazanecosystems: contested environments, competing interests and changing institutions.- Erosion of indigenous resource base: causes and challenges.- A framework for ecosystem performance, ecological vulnerability, ecosystem valuation and local livelihoods usingKhazanexample.- Building on indigenous resource management systems: key to finding solutions.