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MSD-012: Ecosystem and Natural Resources

IGNOU via Swayam


This course focuses on the basic concepts of ecology, ecosystem and its types; ecosystem services, importance of biodiversity, factors responsible for biodiversity loss and conservation and management of biodiversity. The concept of land, soil and water as a resource. The course also tries to understand the importance of natural resources, resource management, types of energy resources, non-renewable and alternative resources, mineral resources and sustainable issues related to energy and mineral resources .The issues related to agrobiodiversity viz. factors responsible for its depletion, the need for managing it in a sustainable way are also being covered in this course. Course Credit:4Eligibility: Graduate in any discipline


Block 1: Ecosystem and Biodiversity

WEEK-1: Concepts of Ecosystem

WEEK-2: Biodiversity: Levels, Distribution and Uses

WEEK-3: Loss of Biodiversity

WEEK-4: Biodiversity Conservation

Block 2: Land and water Resources

WEEK-5: Land and Soil

WEEK-6: Water: Status, distribution and quality, Water : Competitive Uses

Block 3: Energy & Mineral Resources

WEEK-7: Renewable and Non-renewable resources

WEEK-8: Alternative Energy Resources

WEEK-9: Mineral Resources, Usage Pattern and Issues

Block 4: Agrobiodiversity: Status and issues

WEEK-10: Agrobiodiversity : Introduction and Importance

WEEK-11: Loss of agrobiodiversity

WEEK-12: Sustainable use of agrobiodiversity, Agrobiodiversity: Challenges and Opportunities

Taught by

Dr. Y.S.C. Khuman; Dr. Jagdamba Prasad

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