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Man in Biosphere: A Case Study of Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve

Ramesh Chandra (Editor) D.B. Mondal (Editor) Arun Kumar Singh (Editor)

The experiences of the past few decades have shown that industrialisation and economic development have impacted, strained and in many cases altered ecosystems. An assessment of biological diversity at the global level reveals that increasing human interventions in the ecosystems have accelerated the process of biodiversity loss and Asia is the most threatened continent. Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, hence, are fundamental to sustainable development. These considerations led to the origin of the concept of Biosphere Reserve which is designated to deal with important questions of reconciling the conservation of biodiversity quest for economic and social development and maintenance of associated cultural values.

In India the efforts for management of biosphere reserves have largely been centered around protection of natural resources within biosphere reserves from the outside impacts. The concept of sustainable use of resources yet has not been taken up due to lack of location specific understanding of the process of resource management which, in turn is linked with the traditional value system of local communities.

The present treatise on Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve aims at understanding elucidating and analysing the cultural diversity existing in the biosphere reserve in terms of societal perception of resources, livelihood pattern of people, and man, nature and spirit relationship against the backdrop of development and conservation.

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About the author

Ramesh Chandra

Dr. Ramesh Chandra is currently Principal Scientist & Head. Crop Improvement & Production Division at Central Institute for Sub Tropical Horticulture, Lucknow. He has over 30 years of experience in micropropagation, in vitro conservation & molecular biology of potato, mango, guava, papaya, litchi etc. he was instrumental in initiating & shaping potato biotechnology at Central Potato Research Institute. Shimla and initiated biotechnology research at CISH, Lucknow. Dr. Chandra has undergone tissue culture and molecular biology training at Peru, Phillippines and China as visiting scientist. He worked with John Dodds, Tissue Culture Specialist of International Potato Centre, Lima, Peru on potato micropropagation and in vitro germplasm management. He has almost 125 research publications including a book on Comprehensive Potato Biotechnology to his credit. Dr. Chandra has traveled widely and participated in various national and international conference. He is a life member of many scientific societies and fellow of Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding. He has successfully completed research projects funded by DBT, UPDASP, NATP and running five research projects funded by different agencies.

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Title Man in Biosphere: A Case Study of Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve
Format Hardcover
Date published: 21.01.2013
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788121211628
length 466p., Illustrations; Chiefly Colour; Colour; Maps; 23cm.