Parambikulam: Forest Dwellers in Charge

Located in the midst of rivers and undulating peaks, the jungles of Parambikulam Tiger Reserve (PTR) are bestowed with rich biodiversity and an abundance of wildlife. A small group of forest dwellers of around 350 families live in harmony both with nature and the forest department officials, helping to conserve the forests.  The PTR also […]

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Urban Trees for Combating Climate Change

  Between 1991 and 2011 urban population in India rose from 25.7 to 31.8 per cent as per the Census records. The annual urbanisation exponential growth rate of 2.76 per cent registered during 2001-2011 has in fact reversed the declining trend observed during 1981-91 and 1991-2001. Increase of 91.1 million persons to urban population during […]

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Distribution of Indian Medicinal Plants: Northwest and West Himalaya

The region is estimated to have approximately 1,700 known medicinal plant species. Some of the sought after species of these regions are Aconitum heterophyllum Wall. Ex Royle, Ferula jaeschkeana Vatke and Saussurea costus (Balc.) Lipsd. S. costus is in fact confined to only the Himalayan region of Jammu and Kashmir. These critically endangered wild varieties […]

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Forests of the Northeast

The eight states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura – the northeast region of India, constitute one of the 18 recognised biodiversity hotspots of the world. Occupying 7.7 per cent of India’s geographical area the northeast contains more than one third of the country’s total biodiversity. Of increasing concern is […]

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Climate change and forests | Vegetation modelling

Climate is one of the most important determinants of vegetation patterns globally and has significant influence on the distribution, structure and ecology of forests. Several climate-vegetation studies have shown that certain climatic regimes are associated with particular plant communities or functional types. It is therefore logical to assume that changes in climate would alter the […]

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