Bioresources and Sustainable Livelihoods in North East India

A long-term, multi-institutional, multi-investigator proposed program that will strengthen science and sustainable development in Northeast India. The program Bioresources and Sustainable Livelihoods in North East India is coordinated by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) and Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) under the sponsorship of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in partnership with a range of institutions in the northeast:

  • Undertake baseline inventories of plants and selected animal groups in the region; and develop a comprehensive database that would include mapping of ecosystems and species distributions for continuous monitoring in the face of climate change and human use
  • Unravel cryptic variation, taxonomic and evolutionary relationships
  • Assess the economic value of bioresources and their role in meeting sustainable development goals
  • Use information on the distribution of bioresources and their use by local communities, bringing together stakeholders to develop new biological products and germplasm, and improve bioresource based livelihoods in line with sustainable development goals
  • Enhance capacity of institutions in the northeast in biodiversity science and green economy and design a communication package to engage society and other stakeholders in realizing the goals of this long- term program

Balipara Foundation will be involved in the project component (1) Inventories and Mapping of Bioresources in Northeast India of Sub project 2 entitled “Quantitative assessment and mapping of plant diversity and biological resources in Upper and Lower Assam.”

Specific Objectives:

  • Undertake a systematic, quantitative inventory of the distribution and diversity of flowering plants and biological resources in Upper and Lower Assam region of the Northeast using grid-based sampling approach
  • Identify biological resources used by local communities, including wild relatives crop plants in Upper and Lower Assam region

Deliverables:

  • Quantitative and spatial data on richness, distribution, population status and diversity of flowering plant resources from the region  Checklists, monographs species pages of flowering plants from the region

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