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dc.contributor.authorPandit, Navya
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-30T17:58:42Z
dc.date.available2017-08-30T17:58:42Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/73206
dc.description.abstractAgricultural biomass fulfils several important functions essential for the sustenance of human societies; it is used for the production of food, feed, biomaterials and bioenergy. Although biomass is renewable, there is finite land available for its production. Thus, it is imperative that the production and consumption of biomass is governed appropriately to avoid unsustainable social, economic and environmental consequences at all scales of development. This thesis addresses the issue of decision-making for sustainable management of biomass resources in local agricultural communities. This is accomplished in two parts. Firstly, sustainable resource management strategies aligned with the understanding of agricultural systems as complex social-ecological systems are explored. Secondly, the viability of the application of the identified strategies is assessed by studying the decision-making processes regarding effective resource utilization of small farmers in India and Canada. This two-part research process offers insight into the operationalization of resource management practices that can enable the pursuit of sustainable development in local agricultural communities.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectLocal agricultural communitiesen_US
dc.subjectSmall farmersen_US
dc.subjectDecision-makingen_US
dc.subjectSustainable developmenten_US
dc.titleDECISION-MAKING IN LOCAL AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES FOR SUSTAINABLE UTILIZATION OF BIOMASS RESOURCESen_US
dc.date.defence2017-08-11
dc.contributor.departmentSchool for Resource & Environmental Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Environmental Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.external-examinerDr. Peter Duinkeren_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorDr. Katherine Sherrenen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerDr. Beth Masonen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorDr. Michelle Adamsen_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approvalReceiveden_US
dc.contributor.manuscriptsNoen_US
dc.contributor.copyright-releaseNot Applicableen_US
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