Minister of Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh, released the book Conservation Biology: A Primer for South Asia, in New Delhi on Saturday. This is the first conservation biology book with a focus on South Asia and its human-use landscapes. Calling it a stellar work, Jairam Ramesh said, “…this book provides the reader with a wide perspective and understanding of key issues such as science of biodiversity as well as the value of biodiversity for human welfare.”
The book is authored by Dr Kamaljit Bawa, President of Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore; Richard B Primack, Boston University, USA; and Meera Anna Oommen, Dakshin Foundation, Bangalore. Apart from biodiversity science, the book covers community based management, legal and policy framework for conservation, and research priorities for conservation.
The primer, published by Universities Press, Hyderabad, gives a wide perspective of conservation biology, using examples and case studies from South Asia and the work of the Suri Sehgal Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at ATREE. The book is dedicated to Dr. T.N. Khoshoo, who was the first Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. The primer is intended as a textbook for college and university students. At the launch, Jairam Ramesh said that he was particularly pleased to introduce the book, “…and hoped that it would serve as a cornerstone for training conservation biologists, forest managers and policy makers.”