People’s participation plays a pivotal role in driving the fruits of various developmental schemes. For instance, sanitation is a chronic problem in rural areas but it cannot be solved by the various programmes of the Government alone. It can be effectively solved by the people. Environmental issues cannot be solved unless the local people participate in this movement. Peoples participation is helpful in promoting wildlife conservation, afforestation and also in employment generation.
Afforestation and arresting of deforestation can be carried woth the help of local people. Protection of environment is mainly in the hands of the people. People’s participation is an imperative need in the environmental protection, development is useless. It has been estimated that by 2030 food production will need to double and industrial output and energy use will increase three times in the world and five times in the developing countries. This growth can bring the risk of appalling environmental damage. With developmental there is need of better environment protection, clean air, water and eradication of poverty. Environmental disturbance can effect the present and future human generations. It affects human health and reduces agricultural production, productivity and food quality, illegal cutting of forests is a matter of great concern and there is dire need to prevent it.
The participatory approach to environmental protection can be strengthened through the decentralized planning which provides opportunity for the rural communities to effectively participate in the development process. Committed involvement of each and every one is must in this process. All the stakeholders should understand the present environmental crisis and find out suitable solutions to tackle this awful situation.
Dr Banarsi Lal,