Editors: Laladhas K.P., Oommen V. Oommen, Sudhakaran P.R.

Biodiversity Conservation - Challenges for the Future

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ISBN: 978-1-68108-022-2
eISBN: 978-1-68108-021-5 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2015
DOI: 10.2174/97816810802151150101

Introduction

Biodiversity Conservation – Challenges for the Future is a multidisciplinary book, linking topics on biodiversity, conservation, food and nutrition, organic farming, food security and sustainable management. The book summarizes the key ideas for meeting the challenges of biodiversity conservation. It presents suggestions and recommendations and reiterates the need for raising awareness among a range of stakeholders about conservation and sustainable management of biological resources and associated traditional knowledge resources along with ensuring appropriate capacity building at individual and institutional levels. The book also brings a wealth of knowledge about the local marine ecosystem and Western Ghats biodiversity.

Readers will find a overview of several aspects of biodiversity ranging from:

  1. - The diversity of flora and fauna which will be of immense benefit to the local community.
  2. - Laws and regulations related to access and benefits of sharing Bio-resources.
  3. - Sustainable management models for marine and wetland environmental conservation.
  4. - Case studies of human participation in biodiversity conservation programmes.
  5. - Key ideas for meeting the challenges of biodiversity conservation and for planning conservation programmes.

Biodiversity Conservation – Challenges for the Future is a handy resource for the local conservationist community consisting of policy makers, academicians, scientists, environmentalists, students and grass root level conservationists.

Preface

The National Biodiversity Congress held in 2012 inspired the compilation of this book in the present form. The first of its meetings was held in the South Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram jointly by the National Biodiversity Authority, India and Kerala State Biodiversity Board, both organisations involved in the conservation of biodiversity of the country as envisaged in the Biological Diversity Act 2002. The Congress was attended by political managers, academicians, scientists and officials of the various State Biodiversity Boards across the country and views exchanged on different aspects of biodiversity conservation, its challenges and the way forward. During his key note address to the congress, Dr. R Chidambaram, Principal Science Advisor to Government of India, confirmed the establishment of a National Biodiversity Grid to facilitate and support the work in collating, analyzing and synthesizing nation-wide biodiversity data and information for conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity of the country and also to assist appropriate policy making. Financing biodiversity was identified as vital for its conservation and management and mobilizing adequate finance is acknowledged as a huge challenge during the ensuing discussions. Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) was identified as a key emerging internal financial option. Mainstreaming of BD issues-linking to planning process of Local bodies is an important prerequisite in strengthening the institutional capacity for good local governance. Conservation history is being rewritten by cumulative conservation efforts and this book is an effort to compile the main initiatives on biodiversity governance globally as well as a compilation of selected presented in the various scientific sessions during the congress.

Laladhas K.P., Oommen V. Oommen
Kerala State Biodiversity Board
L-14, Jai Nagar
Medical College P.O.
Thiruvananthapuram-695 011
India

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Sudhakaran P.R.
Kerala Biotechnology Commission
Kerala State Council for Science
Technology and Environment
Shastra Bhavan, Pattom
Thiruvananthapuram - 695 004
India

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