Ashish Kothari

Mellon Global Scholar

Fall 2008

  • Development and Conservation in India (ASIAN 205)
Phone (207) 725-3264
Title Mellon Global Scholar
Department ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Work Location 203 Adams Hall
E-Mail akothari@bowdoin.edu
Ashish Kothari: Bowdoin College

Education

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology 1983
Hindu College,University of Delhi

Master of Arts in Sociology 1985
Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi

Publications

Books (Authored or Edited)

Kothari, Ashish and Singh, Shekhar. 1988. The Narmada Valley Project : A Critique. Kalpavriksh. Pp. viii+24, 1 map.

Kothari, Ashish, Singh, Shekhar, Pande, Pratibha, and Variava, Dilnavaz. 1989. Management of National Parks and Sanctuaries in India: A Status Report. Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. 1989. Pp. xxiii+298, 1 map, 16 figures.

Singh, Shekhar, Pande, Pratibha, and Kothari, Ashish (eds). 1990. Directory of National Parks and Sanctuaries in Himachal Pradesh. Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. Pp. xxiv+164, 36 maps, 25 illustrations.

Pande, Pratibha, Singh, Shekhar, and Kothari, Ashish (eds). 1991. Directory of National Parks and Sanctuaries in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. Pp. x+171, 33 maps, 49 illustrations.

Kothari, Ashish. 1993. Beyond the Biodiversity Convention: A View from India. Biopolicy International 13. ACTS Press, Nairobi. Pp. v+37.

Lal, Ranjit, Kothari, Ashish, Singh, Shekhar, and Pande, Pratibha (eds). 1994. Directory of National Parks and Sanctuaries in Karnataka. Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. Pp. xi+231, 38 maps, 89 illustrations.

Kothari, Ashish, and Ram, Rahul. 1994. Environmental Aspects of Sardar Sarovar Project. Kalpavriksh, New Delhi. Pp. ii+42, 3 maps.

Kothari, Ashish. 1994. Conserving Life: Implications of the Biodiversity Convention for India. Kalpavriksh, New Delhi. Second edition 1995. Pp. v+95, 13 illustrations.

Kothari, Ashish. 1995. Sacrificing Our Future: The New Economic Policy and the Environment. Consumer Unity and Trust Society, Calcutta. Pp. iv+25, 8 illustrations.

Kothari, Ashish, Singh, Neena, and Suri, Saloni (eds). 1996. People and Protected Areas in India: Towards Participatory Conservation. Sage Publications, New Delhi. Pp. 276, 1 map.

Kothari, Ashish. 1997. Understanding Biodiversity: Life, Equity, and Sustainability. Orient Longman, Tracts for the Times, New Delhi. Pp. xv+161.

Kothari, Ashish. 1997. Conserving India's Agro-Biodiversity: Prospects and Policy Implications. Gatekeeper Series No. 65, International Institute of Environment and Development, London. Pp. 20.

Kothari, Ashish, Vania, Farhad, Das, Priya, Christopher, K., and Jha, S. 1998. Building Bridges for Conservation: Towards Joint Management of Protected Areas in India. Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.

Kothari, Ashish, Pathak, Neema, Anuradha, R.V, and Taneja, Bansuri (eds.). 1998. Communities and Conservation: Natural Resource Management in South and Central Asia. Sage Publications and UNESCO, New Delhi. Pp. 508, 3 maps, 5 illustrations.

Kothari, Ashish, Pathak, Neema, and Vania, Farhad. 2000. Where Communities Care: Community Based Wildlife and Ecosystem Management in South Asia. Kalpavriksh, New Delhi and International Institute of Environment and Development, London. Second edition October 2000. Pp. xv+222, 16 B&W and 23 colour plates, 1 map, 3 illustrations.

Roe, Dilys, Mayers, James, Grieg-Gran, Maryanne, Kothari, Ashish, Fabricius, Christo, and Hughes, Ross. 2000. Evaluating Eden: Exploring the Myths and Realities of Community-Based Wildlife Management. Series Overview. International Institute of Environment and Development, London. Pp. xii+124.

Apte, Tejaswini and Kothari, Ashish. 2000. Joint Protected Area Management: A Simple Guide. Kalpavriksh, Pune. Pp. v+48.

Vania, Farhad, Pathak, Neema, Kothari, Ashish, and Apte, Tejaswini. 2000. Source Book on Community-Based Conservation in South Asia: People, Policies, and Publications. Kalpavriksh, Pune, and International Institute of Environment and Development, London. Pp. vii+127.

Upadhyay, Sanjay and Kothari, Ashish. 2001. National Parks and Sanctuaries in India: A Guide to Legal Provisions. Print World, Allahabad. Pp. ix+68.

Kutty, Roshni and Kothari, Ashish. 2001. Protected Areas in India: A Profile. Kalpavriksh, Pune. Pp. ix+157, 2 maps, 8 colour plates.

Kothari, Ashish (ed.). 2001. Earthscape. Special issue of Hindu Folio on Biodiversity. The Hindu, Chennai, May 2001. Pp. 50, fully colour illustrated.

Saberwal, Vasant, Rangarajan, Mahesh, and Kothari, Ashish. 2001. People, Parks and Wildlife: Towards Co-existence. Orient Longman, Tracts for the Times, New Delhi.

Brown, Jessica and Kothari, Ashish. (ed). 2003. Special issue on Local Communities and Protected Areas, of PARKS, Journal of the IUCN Protected Areas Programme.

Borrini-Feyerabend, Grazia, Kothari, Ashish, and Oviedo, Gonzalo. 2004. Indigenous and Local Communities and Protected Areas: Towards Equity and Enhanced Conservation. IUCN and Cardiff University Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines No. 11. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.

Borrini-Feyerabend Grazia, Pimbert, Michel, Farvar, Taghi, Kothari, Ashish, and Renard, Yves. 2004. Sharing Power: Learning by doing in Co-Management of Natural Resources throughout the World. International Institute of Environment and Development and IUCN/CEEESP/CMWG, Cenesta, Teheran. Reprinted Earthscan, London, 2007.

Lockwood, Michael, Worboys, Graeme, and Kothari, Ashish. (eds.). 2006. Protected Area Management: A Global Guide. Earthscan, London.

Kothari, Ashish and Patel, Anuprita. 2006. Environment and Human Rights. National Human Rights Commission, Delhi.

Kothari, Ashish. (ed). Special issue on Community Conserved Areas, of PARKS: Journal of the IUCN Protected Areas Programme.

Kothari, Ashish. 2007 Birds in Our Lives. Universities Press, Hyderabad.

(also contributed to the following books published as a collective)

The Delhi Ridge Forest: Decline and Conservation. Kalpavriksh, Delhi. 1991. Pp. vi+49, 2 maps, 11 illustrations.

What's That Bird: A Guide to Birdwatching, with Special Reference to Delhi. Kalpavriksh, Delhi. 1991. Pp. iv+93, 2 maps, 100 illustrations.

Securing India’s Future: Final Technical Report of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. TPCG and Kalpavriksh, 2005. (coordinated the writing team).

Professional Involvements, Current and Past

Founder member of Kalpavriksh, Environmental Action Group, active since 1979, involved in educational, research, litigation, campaigning, and networking activities related to environment and development.

Convenor of the Committee to Evaluate the Management of the Rhino Re introduction Programme at Dudhwa National Park. 1988.

Member of Delhi Environment Protection Council, chaired by Lt. Governor of Delhi. 1990 onwards.

Lecturer in Environment at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, 1991-1997.

Member of the Governing Council of the Centre for Educational Management and Development, New Delhi. 1992 - 1996.

Member of Committee on Management of Delhi Ridge, set up by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. 1994 - 1997.

Member of the Expert Group to prepare a National Biodiversity Act, set up by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. 1994 - 1995.

Member of the Expert Group to prepare a National Biodiversity Action Plan, set up by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. 1994 - 1995.

Coordination Committee member of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save the Narmada Movement), late 1980s to mid-1990s; active member of this and other grassroots movements.

Guest faculty at several academic institutions, including Department of Environmental Biology (Delhi University), School of Planning and Architecture (Delhi), Department of Environmental Sciences (Pune University), Bharatiya Vidyapeeth Institute of Environmental Education and Research (Pune), and others. 1994 – onwards.

Member of the Expert Group to Evaluate River Valley and Hydro electricity Projects, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. 1994 1995.

Member of the Working Group of the Planning Commission to formulate the Wildlife Sector of the 9th Five Year Plan.

Coordinator, Project on Community Based Conservation in South Asia, Kalpavriksh and International Institute of Environment and Development, London, 1995-97.

Co-Chair of the IUCN Inter-commission Theme on Indigenous/Local Communities, Equity, and Protected Areas (TILCEPA), 1999-2008. (In this capacity, coordinated the stream on Communities, Equity, and Protected Areas at the World Parks Congress 2003).

Member of Expert Group to prepare the National Wildlife Action Plan, set up by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. 2000-2002.

Member, Steering Committee, World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), of IUCN – World Conservation Union, 2000-2008 .

Member, Steering Committee, Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP), of IUCN – World Conservation Union, 2000-2008.

Technical coordinator of India's National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan process, 2000-04.

Member, Board of Directors of Greenpeace International, 2002-2005; and Chair, Board of Directors of Greenpeace India, 2008-onwards.

Member, Advisory Board, CBD Alliance (network of members of NGOs, community based organizations, and Indigenous Peoples organizations, advocating for improved and informed participation in Convention on Biological Diversity processes): 2003 – 2008.

Member, Governing Board of a number of NGOs and institutions, including Centre for Communication and Development Studies, Bombay Natural History Society, Vasundhara, Medicinal Plant Conservation Centre (Rural Communes), and Environmental Justice and Equity Partnership. Current (as of 2006).

Member, National Afforestation and Ecodevelopment Board, Government of India, 2008-onwards.

Member, Committee to Formulate Guidelines for Community Conserved Areas, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, 2008.

Presented papers in over 200 workshops, within and outside India.