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Biodiversity of Assam: Status Strategy & Action Plan for Conservation

A.K. Bhagabati (Editor) M.C. Kalita (Editor) S. Baruah (Editor)
Synopsis Assam, a constituent of one of the two biodiversity hotpots of India, holds Immense promise for conservation and sustainable use of its rich biological resources.  Owing to alarming population growth and ramification of human aspirations and activities the area has been loosing fast its biodiversity base causing thereby irreparable harm to the state's genetic legacy and potentiality for progress. Because of man’s ever growing greed, many valuable species of plants and animals have silently disappeared before they could be identified. It is in this backdrop, this book explores the extent of biodiversity generously gifted by nature to Assam, a land with unique natural make up and diverse cultural identities. It presents not only the status, but also the strategies for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of bio-resources, besides detailing the threats and pressures and the policies and programmes adopted in this regard.
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About the authors

A.K. Bhagabati

Dr. A.K. Bhagabati is Professor and Head of the Department of Geography, Gauhati University, Guwahati. A recipient of the Commonwealth Nuffield Fellowship, dr. Bhagabati has visited some of the leading universities of U.K. and received training in Environment and geography education. His fields of interest include agricultural geography, environment and biodiversity. An active member of Assam science Society, Dr. Bhagabati has to his credit a large number of books, research papers and monographs. Currently, he is serving as the working President of Assam Science Society.

M.C. Kalita

Dr. M.C. Kalita is a reader in the Department of Biotechnology, Gauhati University. His fields of interest include environmental biotechnology and mosquito vectors. A recipient of National Biotechnology Associateship of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India, he had carried out research on DNA fingerprinting on Indian Mustard in NRC on Plant Biotechnology, IARI, New Delhi. A devoted worker for promotion of biodiversity conservation in North-East and former General Secretary of Assam Science Society, Dr. Katila has participated in several training courses ad conferences including the International Biotechnological Congress held AT California, USA in 2004.

S. Baruah

Mr. S. Baruah is post-graduate in Zoology from Gauhati University. He worked n the UNDP/GEF sponsored project –National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) –India launched by MoEF, Govt. of India for the preparation of the State Report. An active member of Assam Science Society, Mr. Baruah also worked n the Indian Institute of Science, Banglalore as a short –term fellow of Indian Academy of Science. He as recently submitted his Ph.D. thesis in Gauhati University on Ecology & Wildlife.

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Bibliographic information

Title Biodiversity of Assam: Status Strategy & Action Plan for Conservation
Format Hardcover
Date published: 19.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Eastern Book House
Language: English
isbn 8190383426
length xxviii+305p., Tables; Appendix; Plates; References; Index; 25cm.