Environment | VOL. 9, ISSUE 52, January-February 2009 |

Sustainably using Biodiversity

Habitat fragmentation and reduced genetic diversity Over a billion people, their need for food, fibre, shelter, fuel and fodder and an urge for economic development exerts an inexplicable burden on India’s natural resources. With half of the total land under agriculture and approximately 23 per cent under forests, the protection of diverse habitats poses a formidable challenge. The loss and fragmentation of natural habitats needs to be arrested and restoration enabled for a substantial fraction of the wilderness that has...

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