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Title: Local and Indigenous Practices on Adaptation: An Experience From Herder’s Life of Western Bhutan
Author: Chettri, N.
Source: Natural Resources Management Division, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Year: 2008
Publisher: Mountain Forum
Abstracts:  Pastoralism is an age-old livelihood option for millions of people of different castes and ethnic groups and makes a significant contribution to the economy of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH), both in terms of providing employment and income opportunities and in supplying nutrition to the rural poor. The paper narrates the author’s experience with a nomadic group of Bjobs in Bhutan, his observations on their adaptations to climate change and policy requirements to help protect this lifestyle.
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Title: Mountain Tourism: A Boon or Bane? – Impacts of Tourism on Himalayan Women
Author: Sherpa, Y.
Source: Women of the Mountains Conference, 2007
Year: 2007
Publisher: Utah Valley State College, Utah
Abstracts:  Among mountain populations, women play a crucial role in natural resource management, agricultural production, tourism, well-being and the very survival of mountain families, but they are more undernourished, under-compensated for their labor and under-represented in formal decision-making bodies. The paper examines the status of mountain women, the potential of tourism for women empowerment and poverty alleviation and the negative impacts from tourism such as cultural degeneration, environmental degradation and other issues.
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Title: Pastoral Nomads of the Indian Changthang: Production System, Land-use and Socioeconomic Changes
Author: Namgail, T., Bhatnagar, T., Mishra, C. and Bagchi, S.
Source: Journal of Human Ecology, Vol. 35, No. 4, 2007
Year: 2007
Publisher: Springer Science; Netherlands
Abstracts:  The article provides an overview of the current lifestyle and practices of the Changpa people - the nomadic pastoralists in the rangelands of Changthang in the Indian Trans-Himalayas. Beginning with a brief background of the Changpas and their livestock, the paper explores the changes in grazing system, land tenure and socio-economy of the Changpas, tracing the period after the war between India and China.
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Title: Political Ecology of Timber Rights in the Western Himalayas
Author: Vasan, S
Source: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, USA
Year: 1998
Publisher: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Abstracts:  The research paper seeks to outline a concrete timber rights management framework in the backdrop of the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh in the western Himalayas. The paper uses political ecology to combine ecological concerns with the study of the political economy. It recommends holistic management, inter-sectoral co-operation and a forest policy based on very localized facts but with broad perspective for sustainable forest management.
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Title: The Tenth Plan: Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (2002-2007)
Author: Anonymous
Source: National Planning Commission, Nepal
Year: 2003
Publisher: World Bank
Abstracts:  The Tenth Plan document of Nepal provides for sharply focused strategies for poverty alleviation through broad based high and sustainable growth, social sector development with emphasis on human development, targeted programs with emphasis on social inclusion, and improved governance. The paper includes the participatory process for formulation of the plan, the dimensions of Nepal's poverty problem, its manifestations and determinants, along with the key sectoral programs, activities, complementary policies and reforms in the poverty reduction strategy.
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