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Environmental Change and Biodiversity : Uttarakhand Experiences

R B Singh and Suraj Mal

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ISBN 10: 8131603016 / ISBN 13: 9788131603017
Published by Rawat, New Delhi, 2009
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Contents Preface. 1. Environmental change and biodiversity global and Indian experiences. 2. Environmental change and biodiversity in Uttarakhand. 3. Environmental change and biodiversity conceptual framework and research design. 4. Environmental profile of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. 5. Land use/land cover change and biodiversity Using RS GIS and perception approaches. 6. Inventory of biodiversity using remote sensing and GIS. 7. Landslide hazard and biodiversity. 8. Biodiversity conservation global to local initiatives. 9. Conclusions and suggestions. Bibliography. Index. Unprecedented loss and changes in biodiversity are taking place at the genetic species and ecosystem levels in both terrestrial and marine groups of organisms. One of the major concerns of biodiversity loss is the reduction in the capacity of natural and managed ecosystems to render quality ecological services such as production of food and fibre carbon storage nutrient cycling and resistance to climate and other environmental changes. The extraction of biomass resources such as fuel wood fodder timber etc. which was once within the carrying capacity of forests has now crossed this limit in most the resource rich areas. Presently habitat conversion and destruction are eliminating species at such a rapid pace that extinction of contemporary species is leading to imbalance of ecosystem. The problem of biodiversity loss needs to be minimized in order to keep the ecosystem functional. Therefore assessing the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss and environmental changes and establishing the bases for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity are major scientific challenges of our time. It is against this backdrop the present study was carried out with multidisciplinary approach to answer the following questions What are the spatial patterns of environmental change and biodiversity loss and their driving forces across the world in general and the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in particular. What are the linkages between land use/cover change landslides and biodiversity loss. To what extent community participation can help for conservation of biodiversity. The book will contribute to India's efforts in fulfilling the goals of the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) Kyoto Protocol and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). It will be useful for geographers environmentalists life scientists mountain experts and policy makers. 246 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 74964

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Title: Environmental Change and Biodiversity : ...

Publisher: Rawat, New Delhi

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition:As New

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In India, as it is around the world, unprecedented loss and changes in biodiversity are taking place at the genetic, species, and ecosystem levels, for both terrestrial and marine organisms. One of the major concerns of biodiversity loss is the reduction in the capacity of natural and managed ecosystems to render quality ecological services, such as the production of food, carbon storage, nutrient cycling, and other environmental changes. The extraction of biomass resources, such as trees, has now crossed this limit in many resource-rich areas. Both habitat conversion and destruction are eliminating species at such a rapid pace that extinction is leading to an imbalance of ecosystems. Biodiversity loss needs to be minimized in order to keep ecosystems functional. Therefore, assessing the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss and environmental changes, and establishing the bases for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, are the major scientific challenges of our time. It is against this backdrop that the present study was carried out with a multidisciplinary approach to answer the following questions: What are the spatial patterns of environmental change and biodiversity loss? What are the driving forces across the world, and, particularly, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand? What are the linkages between land use/cover change, landslides, and biodiversity loss? To what extent can community participation help for conservation of biodiversity? This book contributes to India's efforts in fulfilling the goals of the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE), the Kyoto Protocol, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).

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