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Challenges in Sustainable Development

P K Singhal (Editor) Pankaj Shrivastava (Editor)
Synopsis Tropical ecosystems are very rich in biodiversity. But the poor state of economy, fast human growth and widespread habitat losses are the primary threats to this biodiversity. Increasing pollution and global warming are expected to fasten the loss of biodiversity in these regions. For sustainability of the future human populations, it is essential that there must be concreted efforts to stem the fast loss of tropical biodiversity coupled with sustainable development of resources, restoration of habitats and documentation of available biodiversity. The indigenous people and their traditional practices can play a vital role in this respect. However, this knowledge database is highly fragmented and there are increasing incidences of conflicts between the indigenous societies and resource managers about their rights on biodiversity. There is need for a greater harmony and coordination among the various stakeholders such as policy planners, scientists and indigenous people. For facilitating awareness among the stakeholders, the present volume has compiled the recognizable threats to biodiversity and participative methods of sustainable development, being practiced in different parts of our country. This compilation should help in bringing together the politicians, planners, scientists and indigenous people for an efficient management of our rapidly depleting precious biological resources for sustainable development of the poor people, better documentation of our biodiversity and sound scientific management of ecosystem structures and functions.
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About the authors

P K Singhal

Dr. Pradeep Kumar Singhal has broad interests in several areas of biology: Ecology, Environmental Microbiology, Biostatistics and bioinformatics. He has performed extensive research on biodiversity, ecology and ecosystem functions of lakes, ponds, rivers and reservoirs in Central India for the last 25 years. He has supervised the dissertation work of a large number of M.Phil. and Ph.D. students. He has successfully completed many major research projects and published over 30 research papers. His publications in the reputed international journals like Water Research, Aquatic Botany, Hydrobiologia, etc. have earned him a wide acclaim from the world scientific community. He has traveled widely and lectured at many institutions. He has chaired many technical sessions and delivered invited talks in national and international seminars/symposia. He is intimately involved in many field out-reach activities such as monitoring of biodiversity, management of habitats, controls of fluorosis, etc. He is expert member with board of studies with many Universities.

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Pankaj Shrivastava

Dr. Pankaj Shrivastava is Founder Secretary of Environmental Care and Sustainable Development Society (ECSDS), Jabalpur. He was awarded Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology from Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur in 1992. He has to his credit several research articles on different aspects of environment. He has authored Environmental Education (1997). He has edited three books, Environmental Pollution and Its Management (1999), Environmental Education and Recent Advances in Forensic Biology (2002). He is also the Editor of Quarterly Bulletin Paryavaran Sanchetna published by ECSDS, Jabalpur. He is actively engated in the creation of environmental awareness among the youth.

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Title Challenges in Sustainable Development
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8126119934
length viii+373p., Tables; Figures; References; Plates; Maps; Index; 26cm.