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Research Article | Open Access
Volume 14 2022 | None
EVALUATING THE IMPACT OF NATURAL AND ANTHROPOGENIC FACTORS ON THE EASTERN HIMALAYAS
Anurag Chauhan
Pages: 2806-2813
Abstract
Understanding ecological processes with the use of biocultural knowledge may help direct conservation efforts at the local level. Yet, this information is generally neglected in many areas since it is scattered across a variety of sources. In this piece, we examine the contributions of ethnobiology to efforts to protect the Eastern Himalayas' rich biodiversity. Utilizing the Indian state of Sikkim as a case study, we I retraced the development of ethnobiological documentation, (ii) selected priority species and habitat categories, and (iii) examined variations in species usage and management within and across communities. Based on our findings, Sikkim is a biocultural hub since it is home to biocultural interactions between six different ethnic tribes and 1,128 different species. The Eastern Himalayas in India are home to a wildly diverse ecosystem, with many plant and animal species. Communities are essential components of ecological landscapes because they depend on forest and mountain ecosystems for a variety of goods and services. However owing to heavy human pressure and uncontrolled construction operations, the Eastern Himalayas have shown evidence of accelerated habitat degradation in recent years.
Keywords
Eastern Himalayan, anthropogenic factors, Natural,
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