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Vol no. 19 Issue No. 126

Expert Panel

B Meenakumari

Former Chairperson, National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai.

Ajit Tyagi

Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Former DG, India Meteorological Department (IMD), New Delhi

Rasik Ravindra

Geologist and Secretary General, 36 IGC, New Delhi.

Saraswati Raju

Former Professor, CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Prithvish Nag

Former Vice Chancellor, MG Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi

B Sengupta

Former Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi.

Sachidanand Sinha

Professor, CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Dripto Mukhopadhaya

Chief Executive, ACRA, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

Inside this issue

Biodiversity Perspectives

Access and Benefit Sharing for Biodiversity Conservation

By: Prakash Nelliyat and B Meenakumari

Globally, there is a serious resource gap in financing biodiversity conservation. Access and benefit sharing provides for an innovative financial mechanism. In India the mechanism has helped mobilise around INR 110 crore.

Climate Change and Biodiversity

By: Ramakrishna

The risk of climate change is universal but the poor are more vulnerable with worsening food security and exacerbating hunger in developing countries. Climate change is also likely to affect species distribution and increase the threat of extinction and loss of biodiversity.

India's Medical Heritage

By: Darshan Shankar

The Indian medical heritage flows in two streams—folk and scholarly. The first is an immensely diverse, ecosystem specific, community based tradition and the other a codified one, yet both are symbiotically related with around 6,581 medicinal botanicals.

Polar Biology: Research Initiatives by India

By: A A Mohamed Hatha

Antarctic and Arctic are inhabited by organisms adapted to live in extreme environmental conditions. The capabilities of these life forms offer an insight into complex life processes. India, realising this potential has been exploring the two toughest terrains on earth for several decades now and have made considerable advancements in polar biology.

Biodiversity Hotspots in India

By: Staff Reporter

Four biodiversity rich areas in India have been designated as the hotspots by the Conservation International. Hotspots mandate greater conservation efforts at a local, national and global level.


CRZ 2018: Violating or Protecting?

By: Ratish Kumar Jha

The new CRZ notification of 2018 will promote tourism and other development activities in the coastal areas and is likely to generate employment opportunities. But, at the same time it will disrupt coastal ecosystems and the new rules, will in fact, put more people in the climate risk zones.

Global Initiatives in Biodiversity Conservation

By: Staff Reporter

In an effort to conserve biodiversity many initiatives have been taken at national and international levels, which has culminated into several globally binding protocol and conventions.

Forest Dwellers Vs Forest Rights

By: Staff Reporter

Hundreds of forest dwellers’ right to forest land has been rejected without following procedures established by law, showing poor implementation of the Forest Rights Act 2006.


Are Indian Readers Less Inquisitive About Critical Developmental Issues?

By: Staff Reporter

A short term response based research was conducted by Geography and You during the 2019 New Delhi World Book Fair on critical thinking amongst the reading public.

In brief

Editor's Note

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