State of India's Biodiversity

Earth witnessed 55 genera extinctions — including birds, mammals and reptiles — between the years 1800 and 2022. Without humans, this biodiversity loss would likely have been limited to only two genera!

Ecosystems around the world face unprecedented threats due to anthropogenic activities such as deforestation, pollution, habitat destruction, and, ultimately, climate change. The consequences of biodiversity loss are far-reaching, affecting the environment, human health, livelihoods, and socio-economic stability. Various multilateral and national initiatives have been launched to conserve biodiversity, aiming to mitigate its decline and safeguard its critical contributions to life on Earth. However, the effectiveness of these efforts remains a subject of scrutiny.

In this month’s GEN lecture, CSE expert Vibha Varshney will delve into multifaceted dimensions of biodiversity — from its intrinsic value to its instrumental role in supporting human livelihoods and ecological integrity. Drawing upon varied sources of data, the session will take educators through the latest findings on the state of global biodiversity, including notable initiatives such as the multilateral Earth Summit and India’s Biological Diversity (Amendment) Act 2023. It will also assess the progress made on conservation endeavours and examine the pressing challenges that face them.

Join us on March 27, 2024 at 4 PM by registering on the link below. Interested students from network institutions are also welcome to register and attend the session

To know more, contact:

Programme Officer
Environment Education, CSE
Phone: (011) 40616000, Extn 300



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