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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.



Course Enrollment Start Date

02 – Dec – 2019

Course Enrollment End Date

08  – March – 2020

Exam Date

Will be announced soon

Exam  Slot

Will be announced soon

Mode of Exam

CBT (Computer Based Test)


Learners enrolled: 539

SUMMARY

Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 01 Jan 2020
End Date : 31 May 2020
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 08 Mar 2020
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
  • Level : Diploma

    COURSE LAYOUT


    BLOCK 1 PRELUDE TO BIODIVERSITY

    Week 1

    1.      Basic concept of Biodiversity

    2.      Origin of Species

    3.      Value of Biodiversity

    Week 2

    1.      Ecosystem Services

    2.      Biodiversity in India

    Week 3

    1.      Introduction to Forest Biodiversity

    2.      Biodiversity in Tropical Forest

    3.      Biodiversity in Subtropical and Temperate Forest

    Week 4

    1.      Introduction to Wetland Biodiversity

    2.      Biodiversity in Wetland Ecosystem

    3.      Extinction of Species

    BLOCK 2: GENETIC RESOURCES

    Week 5

    1.      Plant Genetic Resources

    2.      Centres of Origin of Agrobiodiversity

    3.      Agrobiodiversity

    4.      Crop Domestication

    Week 6

    1.      Animal Genetic Resources

    2.      Fish Genetic Resources

    3.      Germplasm Characterization and Evaluation

    4.      Food Security and Agrobiodiversity

    BLOCK 3  DRIVERS OF BIODIVERSITY LOSS

    Week 7

    1.      Direct Drivers of Biodiversity Loss

    2.      Biodiversity Hotspots

    3.      Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity

    Week 8

    1.      Invasive Species as a Threat to Biodiversity

    2.      Threats to Biodiversity Hotspots in India

    3.      Consequences of Biodiversity Loss

    BLOCK 4: BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT

    Week 9

    1.      Conservation Biology

    2.      Germplasm Conservation

    3.      In situ Conservation of Biodiversity

    4.      Ex situ Conservation Methods

    5.      Protected Areas

    Week 10

    1.      Sustainable Management of Biodiversity- An Ecosystem Approach

    2.      Role of Traditional Knowledge in Biodiversity Conservation

    3.      Community Based Ecosystem Conservation

    4.      Gender and Biodiversity Conservation

    Week 11

    1.      International Instruments to Conserve Biological Diversity

    2.      Convention of Biological Diversity

    3.      Millennium Developmental Goals and  Biodiversity

    Week 12

    1.      National Instruments to Conserve Biological Diversity

    2.      National Biodiversity Act 2002

    3.      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

    Indira Gandhi National Open University
    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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