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Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Conservation Geography

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and NPTEL via Swayam


Geography is the study of areal differentiation. It examines three questions - 1. What features (say mountains) and processes (such as volcanism) are found in different locations? 2. Why are they located where they are? 3. Where else on Earth do we find these specific features and processes? This governs several developmental decisions, such as location of mines, factories, towns, cities, and infrastructure. After all, mining will be economically feasible in areas that have a concentration of ores. Factories can easily be set up where we have availability of land, labour, capital and infrastructure. Towns and cities require land, infrastructure, water, etc. But at the same time, areal differentiation also governs the localisation of biodiversity - forests, wildlife, etc. - which need to be conserved to provide us with ecosystem benefits like food, water, disease control and employment. Past experience shows that if we are not careful, hasty developmental decisions harm biodiversity and conservation - especially when, say, developing mines in biodiversity-rich areas. This ultimately affects all of us - destruction of ecosystems, water flows and pollution wreck havoc to food and water security, health and economic development. The present course examines these concepts, beginning with the basics of Geography and Conservation, and looking at their interplay through several case studies to help reach conservation-oriented development.INTENDED AUDIENCE :Officers and staff of Forest departments, Students of Forestry, Wildlife conservation, Economics, Developmental Studies and allied disciplines, Policy makers, Aspirants of Civil Services ExaminationINDUSTRIES SUPPORT :Tourism industries, Education industries, Greenenergy industries, Renewable energy / materialsindustry, Construction industries


Week 1:Introduction to Conservation Geography Week 2: The Earth Week 3: Lithosphere and landforms Week 4: Atmosphere Week 5:Hydrosphere Week 6:Physical Geography in the Indian context Week 7: Biosphere Week 8: Conservation of biodiversity Week 9:Human population and conservation Week 10:Resources and conservation Week 11:Economic Geography and conservation Week 12:Special topics in Geography and conservation

Taught by

Prof. Ankur awadhiya

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