Biodiversity and Ecology
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“It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and so dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us..”
– Charles Darwin
Biodiversity is the variety and differences among living organisms from all sources. In essence, biodiversity represents all life.
India is one of the mega biodiversity centres in the world and has two of the world’s 18 ‘biodiversity hotspots’ located in the Western Ghats and in the Eastern Himalayas. The forest cover in these areas is very dense and diverse and of pristine beauty, and incredible biodiversity. The science of studying this biodiversity is Ecology, which observes the interactions between individuals, the struggle for existence and the wise use of natural resources that determine the division and abundance of organisms.
“ Too see the world in a grain of sand
And Heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour. “
– William Blake
There is a lot we can learn from nature and its interaction within components. Although biodiversity is quite fundamental, we often overlook its apt economic value to ecological resources.
The last decade has seen rising scarcity and vulnerability of key elements of biodiversity. There have since been Government initiatives, legislations and guidelines, that intend to not only protect the environment but also promote sustainable ecological conservation. Conservation, however, is an enormous objective, and cannot be achieved by legislative pressures alone.
There is a need for many minds to come together and explore new approaches, explore new opportunities and work towards enhancing the natural and built environments together. We, at Aranya, strive to contribute to the objectives of sustainable development.