PREFACE Once our good earth had been blessed with bounty of nature and it has been the hungry civilization that keeps on relentlessly eating up these blessings with unfathomable pace and coercion. With this scenario, as a no exception to it, India has also offered herself to the abject depletion of natural resources, which has got every possibility to turn into a colossal disaster. India is possessing 2.4 percent of the World's geographical area but contrastingly is retaining 16 of the World's biodiversity. We are having around fifty thousand of floral biodiversity and eighty one thousand of animal biodiversity. With these huge resources and humongous opportunities, we unfortunately prefer to go "unplanned" and "unorganized". It is only in recent decade India has started assessing its biodiversity treasures and deriving social benefits out of it with a distinctive goal and purposes. Alongside the biodiversity resources serious threats are also emerging from soil erosion 5 - 1 0 tones per ha year , ground water depletions around 375 cu.km by 2025 , contamination of ground water with heavy metals, dumping of non degradable waste materials etc. A critical look into the profile of NRM evinced that the humane aspect of natural resource management has repeatedly been subdued or overlooked with the upsurging hegemony of technocracy. To reach the nucleus of the cell we need to indulge a socio osmotic process to justify the demand. In order to accept the challenge and redress the losses we need to create social base, promulgate pro-people policy and social fencing to restrict the osmotic penetration of pernicious elements that adding to the entropy of the ecosystem and the fragility of the system function therein. The need of the hour is to design and derive befitting extension strategy to deal with both the problem and prospect of natural resources and the entropy created therein as a consequence to the indiscriminate and imbalanced use of
technology , inputs and methodology as well. Hence, the title of the has book been "Advanced Extension Strategy on Natural Resource Management" to cater to the need of agricultural scientists, extension professionals, policy makers functioning in different role and cadre in different SAU's and ICAR Institutes.
Prof. M.M. Adhikary Prof. S. K. Acharya Dr. Debabrata Basu
ABOUT THE AUTHORS The editorial team consists o f the three eminent members o f the esteemed Institute, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur. Nadia, and West Bengal. Firstly, the book is edited by the erudite personality o f the academic world o f Social Science and related disciplines, Prof. M. M. Adhikary who is presently offering his invaluable services as Professor o f Agricultural Extension, Faculty o f Agriculture, Bidhan Chandra Krishi