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Awareness plays key role in conserving biodiversity'

The Hindu , Sunday, January 01, 2006
 
"Life on earth is possible because of biodiversity found in ecosystems diversity, species diversity, genetic diversity. Unfortunately, India has become the land of diversity and destruction."
 
He is very keen on exploring the aquatic world and had worked closely with the Indian Navy as a scuba diver.As a Zoologist and a person concerned with environment, he displays a profound knowledge of biodiversity and does not lose time in initiating measures to conserve it. Having ancestral roots in Rajamundhry, he has worked as Coordinator, Scientist E and Officer in Charge, Marine Biological Station, Zoological Survey of India. He is involved in environment assessment of Sethusamudram Ship Channel Project. He is also the Joint Director of Coral Reef Studies and currently the Member Secretary of National Biodiversity Authority, Government of India. Meet the multifaceted personality, Dr. K. Venkataraman, who shares his views on biodiversity conservation with J.V. Siva Prasanna Kumar, during his visit to the Temple City to address a workshop on biodiversity conservation.
 
Can plants and animals exist without humans?
 
Yes, claims Dr. Venkataraman. "But, unfortunately, human beings cannot survive without them," he says.
 
Fishermen and tribals are the primary conservers of biodiversity in the country. Accounting for more than 50,000 varieties of rice and millets, India possesses myriad species of flora and fauna.
 
Nearly 90 per cent of aquatic ecosystems are intact and vibrant. India, in fact, has different kinds of ecosystems such as desert ecosystem, island ecosystem, forest, wetlands, mangroves, estuaries and mountains, he points out.
 
"Life on earth is possible because of biodiversity found in ecosystems diversity, species diversity, genetic diversity. Unfortunately, India has become the land of diversity and destruction," he laments.
 
There are nearly 90,000 animal species and about 45,000 plant species.