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Why we must empower people to conserve Biodiversity

Gadgil, M (1993) Why we must empower people to conserve Biodiversity. In: Evolutionary Trends in Plants (ETP) (1). pp. 11-15.

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Conserving blodiversity has in recent years become a concern of the global elite because of the commercial potential of the emerging biotechnologies. But much of this blodiversity resides In the Third World tropics which are currently being drained of their biological and mineral wealth. This process goes on because the costs of the resultant degradation are entirely passed on to the poor of the Third World countryside who perforce have to depend on resources gathered or produced with their own labour from their surroundings. The elite have always found a substitute whenever a particular resource, or a particular locality, has been exploited to exhaustion. Indeed, given their record, commercial interests are likely to abandon the new found concern for conservation once they acquire control over adequate levels of genetic resources in ex situ storages. Long term conservation of biodiversity must therefore be attempted through empowering and suitably rewarding people of the Third World countryside whose well being is linked to the sustainable use of biological resources and conservation of the biodiversity in their own localities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Evolutionary Trends In Plants.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Depositing User: Ms TV Yashodha
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2011 10:17
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2011 10:17
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/36466

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