Sustainable Management of Biodiversity

By Dr. Shachi Shah   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Learners enrolled: 573
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.

Course Credit - 4
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 4
Level : Diploma
Start Date : 01 Sep 2021
End Date :
Enrollment Ends : 30 Oct 2021
Exam Date :

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Course layout


Week 1

1.      Basic concept of Biodiversity

2.      Origin of Species

3.      Value of Biodiversity

Week 2

1.      Ecosystem Services

2.      Biodiversity in India

Week 3

1.      Introduction to Forest Biodiversity

2.      Biodiversity in Tropical Forest

3.      Biodiversity in Subtropical and Temperate Forest

Week 4

1.      Introduction to Wetland Biodiversity

2.      Biodiversity in Wetland Ecosystem

3.      Extinction of Species


Week 5

1.      Plant Genetic Resources

2.      Centres of Origin of Agrobiodiversity

3.      Agrobiodiversity

4.      Crop Domestication

Week 6

1.      Animal Genetic Resources

2.      Fish Genetic Resources

3.      Germplasm Characterization and Evaluation

4.      Food Security and Agrobiodiversity


Week 7

1.      Direct Drivers of Biodiversity Loss

2.      Biodiversity Hotspots

3.      Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity

Week 8

1.      Invasive Species as a Threat to Biodiversity

2.      Threats to Biodiversity Hotspots in India

3.      Consequences of Biodiversity Loss


Week 9

1.      Conservation Biology

2.      Germplasm Conservation

3.      In situ Conservation of Biodiversity

4.      Ex situ Conservation Methods

5.      Protected Areas

Week 10

1.      Sustainable Management of Biodiversity- An Ecosystem Approach

2.      Role of Traditional Knowledge in Biodiversity Conservation

3.      Community Based Ecosystem Conservation

4.      Gender and Biodiversity Conservation

Week 11

1.      International Instruments to Conserve Biological Diversity

2.      Convention of Biological Diversity

3.      Millennium Developmental Goals and  Biodiversity

Week 12

1.      National Instruments to Conserve Biological Diversity

2.      National Biodiversity Act 2002

3.      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

Indira Gandhi National Open University
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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