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Biodiversity: Monitoring, Management, Conservation and Enhancement

Ramamurthi Rallapalli (Editor) Geetha Bali (Editor)

Biodiversity studies have gained prominence and momentum in recent times in view of their direct bearing on enumeration, conservation and management of bioresources. India being a megadiversity country possess 1,27000 species of microorganisms, plants and animals and is rightly geared towards a multidisciplinary thrust for monitoring, mapping and management of biodiversity. As a signatory to convention on biodiversity India is committed to sustainability in terms of habitat restoration, conservation of biodiversity and benefit sharing. A multi-agency action plan is on the anvil with the National Biodiversity Authority as the focal point which has to necessarily take inputs from the data generated based on diverse areas such as plant and animal systematic, remote sensing, biogeography, bioprosrecting, bioscreening, info-networking, modelling, IPR, legislation and management practices. Time has come to evolve participatory conservation practices by involving local communities and NTFP pickers in protection of biodiversity rather than by their exclusion. Some efforts to involve people is evidenced by the joint forest management introduced in some states but such programmes will succeed only if the vested interests and the loan sharks are kept out. The community knowledge of bioresources has to be culled, verified and chronicled so as to develop bioresource maps. This intern helps in formulating location specific management plans for conserving biodiversity. Empowerment of people to become stakeholders is the need of the hour. People should take over the role of eco-managers and environment wardens. The "Ecosystem people who depend for their livelihood on Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFP) are displaced as 'Ecological refugees' move to cities as slum dwellers due to unbriddled greed of 'Omnivores'. The 'Iron triangle' of Madhav Gadgil responsible for the plight of rural innocent folk, victims of unethical practices will have to be eliminated by inducing confidence in artisan communities of rural India. Participatory approach to this problem is to be initiated by representatives of Govt. agencies, non-Govt. organisations and stake holders. A brain storming colloquium on biodiversity was held at Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India during August 26-28, 1999. Eminent scientists on invitation presented the 14 articles included in this volume at the colloquium. We are hopeful that these articles will be of interest to the students of ecology, teachers, researchers and policy makers alike.

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About the author

Ramamurthi Rallapalli

Ramamurthi rallapalli (Ph. D., D.Sc.) is an Environmental and Biomedical Scientist of international reputation. He has held several positions-Professor of Zoology (1979-1996), Chairman (1983-85,1991-94), Chairman of Board of studies (19888-94), dean, School of Biological and Earth Sciences (19990-92), Vice Chanceller (President) of Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, India (1994-97) and Indian National Science Academy Senior Scientist (1999-todate); Currently working as Adjunct Faculty at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dept. of Medicine, CRC, UMDNJ, New Brunswick, NJ, (2000-todate). He was a visiting Professor at Simon Fraser University (BC, Canada, 1985), UMDNJ, NJ (1988,91, 2000), University of Bonn, Germany (1994),
University of Madras (1999). Recipient of several honors and awards-Best Teacher’s award of Andhra Pradesh Govt., 1991; Millennium award of Open University of Sri Lanka- Medicine Alternativa, 2000; Fellowships- Indian National Science Academy, National academy of Science, India;National academy of Agricultural Seience; Platinum Jubilee Lecturer at ISCA, 1996; Prof. Rallapalli served as President of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries section of ISCA, 1992; President of Indian Society of Life Sciences, 1986-todate. He is widely traveled for lectures and seminars; authored 300 research papers and5 books; directed 39 doctoral candidates. The main areas of interest are Environmental Science with reference to toxic chemicals, Bioenergy, Physiological response of biota to environmental stress, biomedical and clinical research In relation to diabetic & stress induced nephropathy, mechanisms and management of inflammatory skin disease Psoriasis.

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Title Biodiversity: Monitoring, Management, Conservation and Enhancement
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.03.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 817648377X
length xii+238p., Tables; Color Plates; Maps; Figures; References; Index; 23cm.