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Recovering Biodiversity in Indian Forests

  • G. Vishwanatha Reddy
  • K. Ullas Karanth
  • N. Samba Kumar
  • Jagdish Krishnaswamy
  • Krithi K. Karanth

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Ecology book series (BRIEFSECOLOGY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. G. Vishwanatha Reddy, K. Ullas Karanth, N. Samba Kumar, Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Krithi K. Karanth
    Pages 1-11
  3. G. Vishwanatha Reddy, K. Ullas Karanth, N. Samba Kumar, Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Krithi K. Karanth
    Pages 13-21
  4. G. Vishwanatha Reddy, K. Ullas Karanth, N. Samba Kumar, Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Krithi K. Karanth
    Pages 23-41
  5. G. Vishwanatha Reddy, K. Ullas Karanth, N. Samba Kumar, Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Krithi K. Karanth
    Pages 43-84
  6. G. Vishwanatha Reddy, K. Ullas Karanth, N. Samba Kumar, Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Krithi K. Karanth
    Pages 85-91
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 93-111

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Biodiversity conservation Human disturbance Protected areas Species diversity Wildlife management

Authors and affiliations

  • G. Vishwanatha Reddy
    • 1
  • K. Ullas Karanth
    • 2
  • N. Samba Kumar
    • 3
  • Jagdish Krishnaswamy
    • 4
  • Krithi K. Karanth
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of ForestGovernment of RajasthanJaipurIndia
  2. 2.Wildlife Conservation SocietyBangaloreIndia
  3. 3.2nd StageWCS-India ProgramBangaloreIndia
  4. 4.Ecology and the EnvironmentAshoka Trust for Research inBangaloreIndia
  5. 5.Wildlife Conservation SocietyGlobal Conservation ProgramNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-0911-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-0909-9
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-0911-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4759
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4767
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