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Conservation Biology

Pandey, Sandeep [1].

Assessment and management of forest biodiversity in environmentally sensitive areas in Kashmir valley.

Anantnag district of Kashmir valley in northern India is among the prominent earthquake prone area and comes under Seismic Zone V. The area is also prone to cloudbursts, hilly road mishaps and man-made disasters. Conversion of forests to non-forest land, cutting of slopes, felling of trees, modification of natural drainage courses for housing and construction purposes etc., are some of the environmental concerns observed in this region. The continuous exploitation of natural vegetation raised necessity for studying of forest biodiversity assessment to promote forest biodiversity conservation and management of natural geography of the region. The assessment of biodiversity is based on available literature and historical vegetation data and the social, economic and other factors are also considered. The ground-cover vegetation responses to hardwood removal through various biotic and abiotic stresses are also examined. The analyses suggest that, while vegetation changed over time, no differences in species composition were observed with the passage of time. Furthermore, the results of this study indicate that considerable variability is associated with natural calamities or anthropogenic activities. The research also identifies sites that need immediate restoration suggesting suitable measures for achieving the required goal and managing the local environment as a whole.

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1 - A.P.S. University, School Environmental Biology, 36/70 Fort Road, Near Ashok Tree, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, 486001, India

Biodiversity assessment

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Topics
Session: 63
Location: Salon 19/20/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM
Number: 63002
Abstract ID:121
Candidate for Awards:None

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