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Megadiversity Conservation: Flora, Fauna and Medicinal Plants of India's Hot Spots

A.B. Chaudhuri (Author) D.D. Sarkar (Author)

Megadiversity is a much less discussed subject than biodiversity of the present day in India in the fields of flora and fauna. This term and another term ‘Hot Spots’ have recently been used by World Bank and other World bodies for species diversity and endemism in the World’s selected few rich floral and faunal zones. Two spots identified as ‘Megadiversity’ and ‘Hot Spots’ in India are North-eastern Himalayas and Western Ghat. But India as whole has been marked a megadiversity area. 11 other megadiversity zones are Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Equador, Brazil, Zaire, Madagascar, China, Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia. Indian people of today are not yet very much conscious and concerned about biodiversity loss and degradation of entire ecosystem. The authors have brought into the sphere of discussions the corelation of the terms megadiversity (biodiversity) with conservation, sustainability ecodevelopment and ‘Protected Area’ concerning the north-eastern Indian states. They have also collated various definitions, concepts and values of Megadiversity (biodiversity) and presented them in charts and critical notes to make the subject perceptible to common readers. To highlight the megadiversity (biodiversity) rich resources and loss due to biotic impacts the authors have chosen the floral groups, medicinal plants and faunal groups of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, lizards and amphibia for analysis on a broad base. In support to their findings they have adequate data, charts to nullify the much bloated other floal and faunal resources. As the conservation need is urgent in the face of depletion India needs a well designed strategy to protect these resources. During the exercise the authors have referred to the Herculian efforts of the Government of India how on war footing they have been trying to save these resources from depletion. Hope this work will open up new vista on the status of our resources of flora and fauna, their present threats and action plan for conservation.

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About the authors

A.B. Chaudhuri

A. B. Chaudhuri, presently a Consultant Ecologist was a member of Indian Forest Service and served the country in various capacities. As the Director, Forest Survey of India he has done several short term assignments in the National and interational Fields. Besides being the author of eleven books mostly on biota of this region and many technical papers, his significant contribution has been in the field of terrestrial and aquatic ecology, wildlife coservation and management, besides Environmental Impact Assessment and preparation of management plan in various Industrial and mining sites covering about 50 projects all over the Country.

D.D. Sarkar

D.D. Sarkar was a member of State Forest Service of West Bengal and held the posts of Divisional Forest Officer and Divisional Manager in Several Divisions. His expertise in the field of beautification of parks and gardens was responsible for creation of a good number of aesthetic gardens. Agro forestry, plantation forestry and modern nursery practice and management are other fields where he has done good work recently besides being connected with management of Forests during service tenure. He had also intensive training in forest exploitation all over the country.

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Title Megadiversity Conservation: Flora, Fauna and Medicinal Plants of India's Hot Spots
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170353017, 9788170353010
length xvii+300p., Figures; Tables; Maps; Index; Bibliography; 23cm.