Land and Forest Governance in Swat covers in detail and shows how forests have been managed and used in the Swat State areas and Kalam from the sixteenth century CE until 2007. As forestry issues and the related complexities can not be properly understood without having adequate and thorough knowledge of land tenure and ownership system, this aspect has also been covered. And the political and administrative dimension is also imperative, pivotal and crucial to understand. Based on primary sources from archival record, published and unpublished material, and personal interviews; Land and Forest Governance in Swat covers topics of great interest for a variety of audience. Each issue discussed has been fully researched and addressed with appropriate and knowledgeable commentary.
Chapter 1 gives an introduction to the study. Chapter 2 gives an overview of the political history of the area. Chapter 3 examines the land tenure and ownership perspective. Chapter 4 evaluates and analyses the forestry issues from sixteenth century till 1917. Chapter 5 discusses and evaluates the period 1917-1947. Chapter 6 deals with the era from August 1947 till August 1969. Chapter 7 evaluates and analyses the post-Swat State period from 1969 till 2007. Chapter 8 discusses and evaluates the Gawri tract or Kalam from sixteenth century till 1947. Chapter 9 examines the Kalam area from 1947 till 2007. Chapter 10 contains concluding summery/remarks based on the research findings.
2: Political History
3: The Land Ownership Dimension
4: Forestry in the Pre-Swat State Period
5: The Walis Period (1917-1947)
6: The Walis Period (1947-1969)
7: Post-Swat State Period (1969-2007)
8: Kalam Tract (Pre-1947 Period)
9: Kalam Area (1947-2007)
10: Concluding Summery
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Born in the village of Hazara in Swat, the author, Sultan-i-Rome, obtained a Masters degree in General History from the University of Karachi and a PhD in History from the University of Peshawar. He is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of History. He is life member of the Pakistan Historical Society and a sitting member of its Executive Committee. He is also a life member of the Council of Social Sciences Pakistan (COSS), and the Pukhtu Adabi Board. He is also a sitting member on the Board of Governors (BoG), Excelsior College, Swat. He is a member of Environmental Protection Society (EPS), in Swat, and is an Executive Council as well as member of Review Committee for Manuscripts, NWFP Text Book Board. He has participated in a number of national and international conferences, seminars, and workshops and has presented many papers. He has to his credit forty research articles published in research journals, books and proceedings; and also online, occasional, and working papers.