Editors: Oommen V. Oommen, Laladhas KP, Erach Bharucha

Biodiversity and Livelihood: Lessons from Community Research in India

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ISBN: 978-981-14-8307-3 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-14-8215-1 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2020
DOI: 10.2174/97898114821511200101


Biodiversity and Livelihood: Lessons from Community Research in India Is a compilation of research articles on the ecological biodiversity and local conservation efforts of selected regions in India, and among local communities throughout the county. 18 chapters have been contributed by experts in ecology, sustainability and ethnic studies in India. The chapters provide information on a wide range of tops which cover local communities, their agricultural practices and the ecological relationships between their community and the species on which their livelihood depends. Contributions emphasize different aspects of these topics, such as observational ecological information about the aforementioned regions and communities, the local biodiversity, tribal customs of ethnic communities that are linked to conservation, specific programs which are aimed at the conservation of specific plant and animal species endemic to the region, the benefits shared by the communities involved with conservation programs and recommendations shared by the authors for sustainable management of the regional ecosystem and its resources. Readers will find a wealth of information about biodiversity conservation in different regions in India (most notably the western and eastern ghats and provinces such as Kerala and Andhra Pradesh), from a basic and applied perspective. The book is, therefore, an informative reference for conservationists, ecologists, environmentalists and ethnologists who are studying the biodiversity and conservation of India. Readers involved in sustainable development programs in the region will also find the content valuable to their knowledge.


India is a mega bio-diverse nation and the several self-generated traditions in food and agriculture are successful models for achieving the important first three SDG goals. Now it is time to build on from traditional local level measures to end poverty and malnutrition. A large number of field based programmes related to biodiversity, livelihoods and poverty reduction are being carried out by various agencies in different regions of the country. Most of the valuable experiences, successes and significant learning are cited, contributing to our understanding of linkages between the issues and remedy.

We intend to undertake an assessment of the actions related to biodiversity, livelihoods and poverty reduction using different case studies and approaches besides establishing a platform to provide space that could promote extensive outreach to facilitate mutual learning of experiences, knowledge, processes, results, impacts etc. from field based experiences.

The sustainable management of traditional and local level resources for livelihood is better depicted in this publication. We have several articles satisfying the merits of the envisaged topic that includes, Mainstreaming biodiversity for nutritional security and well-being with special reference to fisheries sector, traditional ecological knowledge, dilapidated Ethno-Conservation practices and impending impacts among Malayali Tribes of Kolli Hills, Eastern Ghats, India, perception on mushroom ecology among Kattunaikka tribes, biodiversity based benefit-sharing activities to improve the livelihood of the local/tribal communities of India, biodiversity and sustainable utilization of the genus Garcinia of the Western Ghats, diversity and utilizations of wild edible fruits in Agasthyamala biosphere, enumeration of successful livelihood models from biodiversity management committees of India and a case study of sustainable fishery resource management from Godavari mangrove wetlands.

Creating an economic stake in better living with biodiversity is enumerated in the following chapters, “Economic Thoughts in Mainstreaming Biodiversity”, “Concepts of robustness and its application in determining ecosystem health, a case study from Indian context, climate change, fisheries and coastal ecosystem in India”, integrated approach for developing biologically diversified urban landscapes @ TCS: A Success Story, interface between instruments of development planning and biodiversity planning and conservation,

Bioprospecting of marine sponges associated fungi for antioxidant and neuroprotective activity in raw 264.7 cells, USAB reactor coupled contact bed process for the clean extraction of banana pseudostemfibres, commercial viability and pest status of Musa cultivars identified in Kerala, also form part of the book.

Finally, the successful stories of biodiversity and livelihood and recognition processes currently in vogue in India are presented that can be replicated elsewhere.

Oommen V. Oommen
Department of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics,
University of Kerala, Kariyavattom,
Thiruvananthapuram-695581, India

Laladhas K.P.
Department of Zoology,
St Stephen’s College, Pathanapuram,
Kollam, Kerala-689 695, India


Erach Bharucha
BharatiVidyapeeth Institute of Environment
Education and Research,
BharatiVidyapeeth University, Pune


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