International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity

Port Blair, Dec 15: India is bestowed with 12 Mega biodiversity hotspots of the world. Andaman and Nicobar Islands being one of the hotspot, hosts a unique treasure of biodiversity both terrestrial and aquatic which is having vast similarities to the neighboring South East Asian countries. The conservation of this treasure is very essential for deriving sustainable benefits for the present and future generations. This region is also known for its diverse aboriginal tribes who are known to possess wealth of information on sustainable benefit from the biodiversity including medicinal properties. In addition, the coastal regions of India and other tropical countries are facing the threat emanating from the global climate change. The rapid changes in climate with ever increasing emission of green house, gases, increases the temperature and induces change in rain fall pattern which eventually gets reflected in frequent flood and drought, that is observed in different part of India, South Asia and other tropical countries.
To address the issue, Andaman Science Association (ASA), Port Blair, a scientific body conducted International Conference on “Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity: Ecological Sustainability and Resource Management for Livelihood Security” (ASA-ICCB-2016) with four major themes viz., “Climate Change and Impact”, “Adaptive Management of Biodiversity”, “Adaptation and livelihood security”, “Island agriculture and Eco-tourism and Indigenous Knowledge for climate change adaptation” from 8th to 10th December, 2016 at its Garacharma Research Complex.
The International Conference was inaugurated on 8th December, 2016 by Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog. Special session on “Policy makers and farmers interaction meet on “Indigenous knowledge and technology for climate change adaptation” was conducted on 7th December, 2016 at Dr. T.R. Dutta Conference Hall of ICAR-CIARI under the Chairmanship of Dr. A.K. Singh, DDG, (Agrl. Extension & Horticultural Science), ICAR, New Delhi.
The event brought together 250 delegates representing different parts of the country including 8 foreign delegates from International arena i.e.USA, Canada, Sweden, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Philippines and Germany. 396 abstracts, 96 full length papers which were classified under 5 themes viz., climate change and impacts, adaptive management of biodiversity, adaptation and livelihood security, island agriculture and eco-tourism and special session on ITK for climate change adaption were received.
Three invited theme papers, viz., Climate change : models, prediction and evidences by Prof. Geethalakshmi, Attempt towards identification of adaptation geneses for generating climate resilient crop plants by Dr. M.K. Battacharya and Agro-biodiversity and livelihood security by Dr. R.R. Hanchinal were presented in the inaugural session chaired by Dr. R.C. Srivastava, V.C., Rajendra Central Agril. University, PUSA, Bihar. 16 key notes and 14 lead papers by eminent personalities from various institutions and subjects, in addition to 156 oral and 87 posters were also presented.

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