Biodiversity of the Sundarbans: Ethics of Conservation Ecology (1770-2022)
Title: Biodiversity of the Sundarbans
Subtitle: Ethics of Conservation Ecology (1770-2022)
Subject Classification: Sustainability, Bioethics, History
BIC Classification: RNCB, HB, RNKH
BISAC Classification: SCI088000, SCI020000, HIS062000
Binding: Hardback, pp.356
Publication date: 19th January 2023
ISBN (printed book): 978-1-80441-101-8
ISBN (web pdf): 978-1-80441-102-5
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This book brings together 45 years’ worth of experience-derived information about more than 7,000 micro- and macro- species, which form the unique bio-diversity of the world’s largest mangrove ecosystem, as it struggles against the natural and anthropogenic threats. Up to 1770, the estimated area of Sundarbans was around 36,000 km2, but has reduced over time to 25,000 km2, due to reclamation. This loss and the related degradation of habitats has caused historical species extinction and population decline. Whereas biodiversity conservation within and beyond the protected areas has been the watchword since the 1990s (“biodiversity, aesthetic values and integrity”), the initial two hundred years of imperial and post-colonial forest management focused primarily on revenue and production forestry, to the detriment of the ecology of the area. It will be of interest to researchers, in zoology, botany, ecology and conservation, as well as professionals, such as foresters, environmentalists, conservationists, resource managers, planners, government agencies, academic institutions, NGOs and naturalists.
Author: Jayanta Kumar Mallick is a former Officer of the Forest Directorate, Government of West Bengal, India
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