NIAS Wednesday Discussion-Dr. Narayan Sharma will speak on "Primates, Forests, People and Economy of the Upper Brahmaputra Valley: Is Long-term Coexistence Possible?"

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Title: Primates, Forests, People and Economy of the Upper Brahmaputra Valley: Is Long-term Coexistence Possible?

 

Speaker: Narayan Sharma

Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Environmental Biology and Wildlife Sciences

Cotton University, Guwahati

and Adjunct FacultyNIAS

 

Chair: Anindya Sinha

 

Date & Time: 16 September, 2020 at 4.00 PM

 

Abstract: The historical deforestation of the Upper Brahmaputra Valley has resulted in the transformation of its once-contiguous tropical lowland rainforests into many isolated forest fragments that are still rich in their species composition, including primates. In this talk, I will examine the major drivers of forest cover change in the Valley over three historical periods – pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial – and examine the trends of persistence and extinction of primate species in these fragmented forests, as also the factors that govern their distribution. Finally, I will examine options not only for conserving the threatened biodiversity of this region but also for sustaining the livelihoods of the local people and economic aspirations of the state in order to render the last forests of the Upper Brahmaputra Valley ecologically, economically and socially sustainable in the future. 

Date: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2020