Biodiversity, Land-Use Change, and Human Well-Being

A Study of Aquaculture in the Indian Sunderbans

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ISBN:

9780198060215

Publication date:

24/06/2009

Hardback

404 pages

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ISBN:

9780198060215

Publication date:

24/06/2009

Hardback

404 pages

Kanchan Chopra, Pushpam Kumar & Preeti Kapuria

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Kanchan Chopra, Pushpam Kumar & Preeti Kapuria

Description

The world’s largest coastal wetland, the Sundarbans, is known for both its remarkable but fragile biodiversity and also high levels of poverty. The last decade saw a spurt in the export-oriented shrimp industry in the region—a direct fallout of liberalization. Production, processing, and export of shrimp resulted in a series of changes in the regional economy substantially changing the quantity and quality of life in the delta. This volume examines the impact of increased aquaculture on biodiversity, land-use change, and human well-being in the Indian Sundarbans. The authors find that large tracts of land have been converted from agriculture to aquaculture driven by short run profit considerations and availability of cheap labour. This has gradually led to erosion of critical off-shore biodiversity in the region. Using inputs from marine science, remote-sensing, and forestry, this well-researched volume examines the interlinkages between the drivers of shrimp exports, the stakeholders, the impact on their well-being, and possible policy recommendations for sustainable aquaculture in the region.

Kanchan Chopra, Pushpam Kumar & Preeti Kapuria

Kanchan Chopra, Pushpam Kumar & Preeti Kapuria

Kanchan Chopra, Pushpam Kumar & Preeti Kapuria

Kanchan Chopra, Pushpam Kumar & Preeti Kapuria

Description

The world’s largest coastal wetland, the Sundarbans, is known for both its remarkable but fragile biodiversity and also high levels of poverty. The last decade saw a spurt in the export-oriented shrimp industry in the region—a direct fallout of liberalization. Production, processing, and export of shrimp resulted in a series of changes in the regional economy substantially changing the quantity and quality of life in the delta. This volume examines the impact of increased aquaculture on biodiversity, land-use change, and human well-being in the Indian Sundarbans. The authors find that large tracts of land have been converted from agriculture to aquaculture driven by short run profit considerations and availability of cheap labour. This has gradually led to erosion of critical off-shore biodiversity in the region. Using inputs from marine science, remote-sensing, and forestry, this well-researched volume examines the interlinkages between the drivers of shrimp exports, the stakeholders, the impact on their well-being, and possible policy recommendations for sustainable aquaculture in the region.

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