There is a world-wide environmental crisis today, which has resulted in the genetic erosion of fauna and flora and the depletion of natural resources. The responsibility for this natural holocaust rests squarely with man. Man seems to be at constant war with nature and thinks that he can absolutely control and manipulate nature, which is just a delusion. Over exploitation of natural resources often results in inviting destruction in the form of floods and droughts, erosion of soil, depletion of resources and climatic changes.The time has come when man should learn to treat Nature like his mother. He should care for her even as he benefits from her bounty.
This study stems from a conviction that the future of our world is in danger from environmental degradation. Therefore, in this book an effort has been made to identify and examine at length the various reasons for degradation of environment, especially in the flood prone areas and to formulate an action plan for the scientific management of the region. The author has paid special attention to the problems peculiar to the flood prone areas and suggestions have been made to achieve a rational development of the area in the context of an integrated approach. This book presents a vivid picture of the rural ecological deterioration in India and makes a comprehensive attempt to understand the problems of the flood prone areas in the semi-arid region. It is hoped that this book will be of considerable use to the planner academicians and geographers in achieving rural ecological balance.