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Swayam Central

Sustainable Management of Biodiversity

By Dr. Shachi Shah   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University

This course provides an understanding of the concept and principle of biodiversity science. The course provides detailed information on the values 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 knowledge gap for sustainable management of biodiversity. The course also explores the linkages between biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and climate change. The course will also 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 and management. The course provides the opportunities for biodiversity mainstreaming by stressing the role of biodiversity in achieving the SDGs.


SUMMARY

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 01 Aug 2019
End Date :
Exam Date : 11 Nov 2019
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
  • Level : Diploma

    COURSE LAYOUT

    BLOCK 1 PRELUDE TO BIODIVERSITY

    1st  week: 
    Basic concept of Biodiversity
    Origin of Species
    Value of Biodiversity

    2nd week:
    Ecosystem Services
    Biodiversity in India


    3rd week: 
    Introduction to Forest Biodiversity
    Biodiversity in Tropical Forest
    Biodiversity in Subtropical and Temperate Forest

    4th week: 
    Introduction to Wetland Biodiversity
    Biodiversity in Wetland Ecosystem
    Extinction of Species


    BLOCK 2 GENETIC RESOURCES

    5th  week:
    Plant Genetic Resources
    Centres of Origin of Agrobiodiversity
    Agrobiodiversity
    Crop Domestication

    6th  week:
    Animal Genetic Resources
    Fish Genetic Resources
    Germplasm Characterization and Evaluation
    Food Security and Agrobiodiversity

    BLOCK 3 DRIVERS OF BIODIVERSITY LOSS


    7th  week:
    Direct Drivers of Biodiversity Loss
    Biodiversity Hotspots 
    Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity

    8th week: 
    Invasive Species as a Threat to Biodiversity
    Threats to Biodiversity Hotspots in India
    Consequences of Biodiversity Loss

    BLOCK 4 BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT

    9th  week:
    Conservation Biology
    Germplasm Conservation
    In situ Conservation of Biodiversity
    Ex situ Conservation Methods
    Protected Areas

    10th  week:
    Sustainable Management of Biodiversity- An Ecosystem Approach
    Role of Traditional Knowledge in Biodiversity Conservation 
    Community Based Ecosystem Conservation
    Gender and Biodiversity Conservation

    BLOCK 5 SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVES

    11th  week:
    International Instruments to Conserve Biological Diversity
    Convention of Biological Diversity
    Millennium Developmental Goals and  Biodiversity 

    12th week:  
    National Instruments to Conserve Biological Diversity
    National Biodiversity Act 2002
    Governance of Biodiversity in India

    BOOKS AND REFERENCES

    Primack, R.B., 2002, Essentials of Conservation Biology, 3 rd Edn., Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, Ma. USA 

    Gaston, K J. and J.I. Spicer, 1998, Biodiversity: An Introduction. Blackwell Science, London, UK. 

    Wilson, Edward O., 1993, Diversity of Life. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.

    INSTRUCTOR BIO

                                                                                         
    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 has also worked as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development, Almora, India. In 2004, she joined College of Forestry and Hill Agriculture, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar as Assistant Professor (Environmental Science). She has published many research papers, book chapters, and articles in the journals of national and International repute. Her areas of interest are environmental biotechnology, biodegradation of waste and biodiversity conservation and management.

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