Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research

Khazan Ecosystems of Goa

Building on Indigenous Solutions to Cope with Global Environmental Change

Authors: Sonak, Sangeeta M.

  • The book is a review of the unique Khazan ecosystem and traditional ecological knowledge involved therein
  • The book describes the indigenous engineering structures, which date back to the pre-Christian era and are still operational
  • The book provides a long historical perspective of the Khazan ecosystem to help understand current ecological problems and challenges
  • The book contains unique photographs of the Khazan ecosystem and its various components and use of simple non-technical language for easy understanding of a wider target audience
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About this book

This book elaborates on the Khazan ecosystems of Goa, India. Khazans are 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. Khazan ecosystems 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. .  Khazan ecosystems have been functional for the last 3500 years. The history of Khazans is 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. Khazan ecosystems 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 the Khazan lands, the book analyzes and comments on traditional ecological knowledge and indigenous technology. It presents the evolution of Khazan management 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 of Khazans as well as strategies to build on these indigenous adaptation mechanisms to cope with the global  environmental change.

About the authors

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 several research projects funded by national and international funding agencies, and her areas of interest include human environment interactions, environment management institutions, policy analysis and community based resource management. She has published several articles in international journals, edited two books and a journal special issue, and has been awarded prestigious international fellowships such as a Fulbright Scholarship under Fulbright-Nehru Environmental leadership program (FNELP) at Virginia Tech Institute, USA; a JSPS Fellowship for Senior Scientists by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and an Erasmus Mundus Fellowship for Visiting Scientists to teach and conduct research at three European universities by the European Commission. 

Reviews

From the reviews:

 

“Sonak has recently published a new monographic work, the first useful global study – ‘Khazan Ecosystems of Goa’ with a subtitle - Building on Indigenous Solutions to Cope with Global Environmental Change. … This book would especially appeal system ecologists because once the management of the khazans is neglected - the entire agroecosystem switches over quickly to mangrove ecosystem. … There is no doubt that this book is the finest example of real, serious ecological writing from Goa and India in recent times … .” (Nandkumar M. Kamat, The Navhind Times, November, 2013)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Indigenous Ecological Knowledge and Global Environmental Change

    Sonak, Sangeeta M.

    Pages 1-14

  • An Introduction to Goa and Khazan Ecosystems

    Sonak, Sangeeta M.

    Pages 15-31

  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Environmental Sustainability in Khazans

    Sonak, Sangeeta M.

    Pages 33-60

  • Management of Khazan Ecosystems: Contested Environments, Competing Interests and Changing Institutions

    Sonak, Sangeeta M.

    Pages 61-74

  • Erosion of Indigenous Resource Base: Causes and Challenges

    Sonak, Sangeeta M.

    Pages 75-93

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7202-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7201-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 13, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0076-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Khazan Ecosystems of Goa
Book Subtitle
Building on Indigenous Solutions to Cope with Global Environmental Change
Authors
Series Title
Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Delhi Book Store, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7202-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7202-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7201-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0076-2
Series ISSN
1879-7180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 137
Number of Illustrations and Tables
15 illustrations in colour
Topics