Conceptual model development for landscape management in the mountains of the Indian Himalayan region: an approach for sustainable socio-ecological development

  • Sunil Nautiyal Centre for Ecological Economics and Natural Resources, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao Road, Nagarabhavi, Bangalore, 560 072, India
  • Kottapalli S. Rado Department of Botany, University of Delhi, Delhi 110 007, India
  • Harald Kaechele Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Institute for Socioeconomics, Eberswalder Str. 84, Müncheberg 15374, Germany
  • Peter M. Zander Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Institute for Socioeconomics, Eberswalder Str. 84, Müncheberg 15374, Germany https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4905-2971
Keywords: Himalayas, Integrated interdisciplinary modeling, Sustainable development, Tradeoffs

Abstract

This study aims at presenting a conceptual model for landscape management in the Himalayan region of India, using quantitative/mathematical approach. Keeping in view the requirement, (based on fifteen years empirical field work in the Himalayan region and as well as literature survey) the MODAM (Multiple Objectives Decision Support Tools for Landscape Management) model along with linear programming approach was adopted with a view to presenting additional methodological perspectives on interdisciplinary landscape research. The work has stemmed out from the original research contribution, which tries to integrate interdisciplinary research planning with landscape management related research in the Himalayan region. This biodiversity hotspot has relatively high complexity in terms of sustainable socioeconomic development vis a vis conservation and management of the resources. The concepts and insights presented in this article will provide the basis for a discussion, on decision-making issues among multidisciplinary experts with regard to sustainable socioecological development within complex environments.

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2010-09-28
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Nautiyal, S.; Rado, K. S.; Kaechele, H.; Zander, P. M. Conceptual Model Development for Landscape Management in the Mountains of the Indian Himalayan Region: An Approach for Sustainable Socio-Ecological Development. LO 2010, 18, 1-19.
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