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Sustainable Management of Biodiversity

By Dr. Shachi Shah   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Learners enrolled: 552

This course provides an understanding of the concept and principle of biodiversity science. The course provides detailed information on the values of biodiversity, causes as well as current crisis, and consequences of biodiversity loss. The course provides a conceptual understanding of various means of conservation, restoration and sustainable utilization of biodiversity which can provide viable solutions to a range of societal challenges and provides an effective tool to bridge the knowledge gap for sustainable management of biodiversity. The course also explores the linkages between biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and climate change. The course will also provide insights into current challenges as well as opportunities in the context of various international cooperation and national level programmes and legislative framework for biodiversity conservation and management. The course provides the opportunities for biodiversity mainstreaming by stressing the role of biodiversity in achieving the SDGs.

Summary
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 01 Aug 2019
End Date :
Exam Date : 10 Nov 2019
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Level : Diploma



Course layout

BLOCK 1 PRELUDE TO BIODIVERSITY

1st  week: 
Basic concept of Biodiversity
Origin of Species
Value of Biodiversity

2nd week:
 Ecosystem Services
Biodiversity in India


3rd week: 
 Introduction to Forest Biodiversity
Biodiversity in Tropical Forest
Biodiversity in Subtropical and Temperate Forest

4th week: 
 Introduction to Wetland Biodiversity
Biodiversity in Wetland Ecosystem
Extinction of Species


BLOCK 2 GENETIC RESOURCES

5th  week:
Plant Genetic Resources
Centres of Origin of Agrobiodiversity
Agrobiodiversity
Crop Domestication

6th  week:
Animal Genetic Resources
Fish Genetic Resources
Germplasm Characterization and Evaluation
Food Security and Agrobiodiversity

BLOCK 3 DRIVERS OF BIODIVERSITY LOSS


7th  week:
Direct Drivers of Biodiversity Loss
Biodiversity Hotspots 
Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity

8th week: 
Invasive Species as a Threat to Biodiversity
Threats to Biodiversity Hotspots in India
Consequences of Biodiversity Loss

BLOCK 4 BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT

9th  week:
Conservation Biology
Germplasm Conservation
In situ Conservation of Biodiversity
Ex situ Conservation Methods
Protected Areas

10th  week:
Sustainable Management of Biodiversity- An Ecosystem Approach
Role of Traditional Knowledge in Biodiversity Conservation 
Community Based Ecosystem Conservation
Gender and Biodiversity Conservation

BLOCK 5 SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVES

11th  week:
International Instruments to Conserve Biological Diversity
Convention of Biological Diversity
Millennium Developmental Goals and  Biodiversity 

12th week:  
National Instruments to Conserve Biological Diversity
National Biodiversity Act 2002
Governance of Biodiversity in India

Books and references

Primack, R.B., 2002, Essentials of Conservation Biology, 3 rd Edn., Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, Ma. USA 

Gaston, K J. and J.I. Spicer, 1998, Biodiversity: An Introduction. Blackwell Science, London, UK. 

Wilson, Edward O., 1993, Diversity of Life. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.

Instructor bio

                                                                                     
Dr. Shachi Shah is Associate Professor in the School of Inter-disciplinary and Transdisciplinary Studies at IGNOU, New Delhi. She attained her Master’s in Environmental Science and Ph.D. in Environmental Science from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar. She has also worked as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development, Almora, India. In 2004, she joined College of Forestry and Hill Agriculture, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar as Assistant Professor (Environmental Science). She has published many research papers, book chapters, and articles in the journals of national and International repute. Her areas of interest are environmental biotechnology, biodegradation of waste and biodiversity conservation and management.


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