Recovering Biodiversity In Indian Forests by G. Vishwanatha ReddyRecovering Biodiversity In Indian Forests by G. Vishwanatha Reddy

Recovering Biodiversity In Indian Forests

byG. Vishwanatha Reddy, K. Ullas Karanth, N. Samba Kumar

Paperback | September 2, 2016

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This book demonstrates how varying levels of human disturbance manifested through different management regimes influence composition, richness, diversity and abundance of key mammal, bird and plant species, even within ecologically similar habitats. Based on our results, we show the critical importance of the 'wildlife preservation' approach for effective biodiversity conservation. The study also provides examples of a practical application of rigorous methods of quantitative sampling of different plant and animal taxa as well as human influences, thus serving as a useful manual for protected area managers. Protected areas of various kinds have been established in India with the goal of arresting decline in, and to provide for, recovery of biodiversity and ecosystem services. A model that targets 'wildlife preservation' under state ownership is practiced across the country. However, forests in India are under intensive human pressure and varying levels of protection; therefore, protected areas may also experience open-access resource use, a model that is being aggressively advocated as a viable alternative to 'preservationism'. We have evaluated the conservation efficacy of alternative forest management models by quantifying levels of biodiversity under varied levels of access, resource extraction and degree of state-sponsored protection in the Nagarahole forest landscape of southwestern India.

G. ViswanathaReddy  is the Additional Principal Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden, Department of Forest, Government of Rajasthan. He has more than 25 years of experience in protected area management and conservation of wildlife. He is also one of those rare park managers who is deeply interested and encouraging of resear...
Title:Recovering Biodiversity In Indian ForestsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:111 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.02 inPublished:September 2, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9811009090

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Table of Contents



1. Role Of Wildlife Protected Areas In India

1.1. Global Context Of Biodiversity Loss

1.2. Alternative Approaches To Biodiversity Conservation

2. Study Species, Habitats And Hypotheses

2.1. Study Area

2.2. Research Hypotheses And Objectives

2.3. TargetRange Of Biodiversity

3. Survey Design, Field And Analytical Methods

3.1. The Overall Study Design

3.2. Assessment Of Habitat Similarity

3.3. Field Survey Methods

3.4. Analytical Methods

4. Results And Findings

4.1 Habitat Similarity

4.2 Status Of Biodiversity Components

4.3. Human Disturbance Levels

4.4. Comparison Of Biodiversity Components Across Management Regimes

4.5. Impact Of Habitat Variables And Human Disturbance On Biodiversity Components

4.6. Human Disturbance Impacts On Biodiversity After Controlling For Habitat

5. Synthesis, Discussion And Conclusions

5.1. General Patterns Of Human Disturbance Effects On Biodiversity

5.2. Cumulative Potential Impacts In The Future

5.3. Implications For Management Of Forests And Wildlife

5.4. Monitoring Biodiversity Reliably

5.5. Civil Society Participation In Conservation Monitoring

5.6. Policy Implications