Inside this issue
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the toddlers paint I once watched an interesting experiment. Parents of a group of toddlers were handed a large box of multi-coloured crayons and asked to draw on a piece of paper. Many began almost immediately, while others took a pause and delicately picked out the colours they liked most. Onc