"Conservation of Nature: A strategy for human endurance" a talk by Prof. C. R. Babu at Teen Murti House, Teen Murti Marg > 3pm on 9th October 2013

Time : 3:00 pm 

Entry : Free (Seating on First-Come First-Served basis)

Place : Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML), Teen Murti House, Teen Murti Marg, New Delhi
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Event Description : The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library cordially invites you to a Public Lecture (in the ‘Science, Society and Nature’ series) on ‘Conservation of Nature: A strategy for human endurance’ by Prof. C. R. Babu, Emeritus Professor, University of Delhi, Delhi.

Abstract : Human endurance, on an evolutionary time scale, depends upon the adaptability of         Homo sapiens to unpredictable future environments. Genetic variability in the species is critical for adaptability of the species, and to endure it on an evolutionary time scale ecological sustainability is a must. Humans, during the last 50 years, have brought out frightening environmental and ecological changes that engulf humans. The magnitude of these changes surpasses the changes that took place in the entire human history. Some of these changes are: (i) tropical deforestation, (ii) land degradation, and (iii) biological invasions. These anthropogenically mediated factors led to: (a) extinction of ecosystems, (b) mass extinction of species, (c) depletion of ground water, (d) nutrient loading, (e) climate change, (f) pollution of soils, water and air to the levels that have become public health hazards leading to increase in the incidence of cancer and other genetic disorders.  How to prevent and mitigate human induced environmental perturbations and ecological disruptions at local, subnational, national, regional and global levels is the 21st environmental challenge. The answer is Conservation of Nature. Conservation refers to wise use of natural resources so that they are sustainable. There are three major conservation approaches - (i) onsite or in situ conservation and (ii) off site or ex situ conservation and (iii) ecological restoration of degraded or dead ecosystems. The first two are preventive measures and for posterity. The third is mitigative approach. For example, open cast mining leads to the death of ecosystem and generate man-made landforms such as overburden dumps and deep voids. It is possible to restore the degraded or dead ecosystems to their natural state through site specific restoration technologies. This is because of the unique property of the ecosystem – the resilience, i.e. spring back to the original state when the biophysical processes are restored. Ecosystems are natural systems where all the four environmental resources interact and generate ecosystem services and ecological products.  During the last two decades, the Centre of Excellence Programme of the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India at the Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems, University of Delhi has been working on the ecological restoration of mined out areas. The Centre has several success stories to its credit and these site specific restoration technology are widely used by the stakeholders to restore mined out areas. The biological inputs used in the restoration technologies are: (i) grasses, (ii) legumes, (iii) soil microbes, (iv) soil invertebrates, and (v) pollinators and seed dispersal agents. Some of the success stories are illustrated.

Speaker : Prof. C. R. Babu is presently Professor Emeritus at the Centre of Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems (CEMDE), University of Delhi.  He served as teacher and researcher for three decades at the Department of Botany, University of Delhi. He has also been the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi for 5 years. He has been doing research in the area of systematics, environment and ecology for more than four decades. He along with his students published more than 200 original research papers. He is recipient of the (i) Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar of Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India for the year 2009, (ii) VASVIK Award 2005 for Environmental Science and Technology, and (iii) Narain Dutt Award 2008 for Conservation of Nature.

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"Conservation of Nature: A strategy for human endurance" a talk by Prof. C. R. Babu at Teen Murti House, Teen Murti Marg > 3pm on 9th October 2013 "Conservation of Nature: A strategy for human endurance" a talk by Prof. C. R. Babu at Teen Murti House, Teen Murti Marg > 3pm on 9th October 2013 Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 Rating: 5

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