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Created byShachi Shah
The sustainable management of biodiversity is one of the most important challenges facing humanity. Life on Earth, in all its forms and diversity, shapes the environmental, social and economic processes and encompasses the resources that are linked to human well-being. Biological diversity, or biodiversity, is a term used to describe the myriad life forms found on Earth. These are the legacy of billions of years of evolution, shaped by natural processes and, increasingly, by the activities of humans. Biodiversity provides building blocks for sustainable food, health and livelihood security systems. Losing biodiversity erodes the basis for social and ecological resilience, which reduces the capacity for adaptive responses in a rapidly changing world. However, human activities continue to have a large impact on the environment and on biodiversity. Agricultural, urban and infrastructural developments and climate change exacerbate biodiversity loss. As a result, ecosystem functions and services are affected and may have serious consequences. “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss” the severity of global biodiversity loss and degradation of ecosystems and the negative impact that this situation has on food security, nutrition, access to water, livelihood health of the rural poor and people worldwide
This course provides an understanding of the concept and principle of biodiversity science. The course provides detailed information on the value and importance 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 The course also explores the linkages between biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, climate change and sustainable livelihood. The course 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. The course also will explore the Inter-linkages of biodiversity and sustainable development goals and the role of biodiversity in supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
1. To understand the origin of Biodiversity, its values and importance
2. To understand the extent of biodiversity threats causes as well as current crisis, and consequences of biodiversity loss
3. To assess the linkages between global biodiversity loss and ecosystem services, food security and livelihood in the changing climate
4. To provide a conceptual understanding of various means of conservation, restoration and sustainable utilization of biodiversity
5. To provide international cooperation and legislative framework for biodiversity conservation
6. To explore Inter-linkages of biodiversity and sustainable development goals and the role of biodiversity in supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
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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 was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development, Almora, India from 2003 to 2004. In 2004, she joined College of Forestry and Hill Agriculture, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar as Assistant Professor (Environmental Science). As a faculty member of G.B. Pant University during 2004-11, she taught many courses at graduate level and worked on diversity and biotechnological application of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria of Himalayan Region. She also serves on the Editorial boards of Journal of Environment and Ecology and Indian Journal of Hill Agriculture and reviewer for a number of other National and International journals. She has published many research papers, book chapters, and articles in the journals of national and International repute. She is presently Coordinator of M.Sc. (Environmental Science) programme. Her areas of interest are environmental biotechnology (biodegradation and bioremediation of solid & liquid waste) and biodiversity conservation and management. She has an irresistible desire for capacity building for Environmental Sustainability through innovative learning initiatives.