Beginning with the ecological, economic, social, and legal facets of biodiversity issues and challenges facing the Himalayan region, the book discusses the Convention on Biological Diversity and subsequent developments. A pioneering work on the protection of the Himalayan biodiversity, it uses tools upheld by international environmental law and examines exhaustively the possibility of evolving regional partnerships for the protection of the Himalayas.

The debate between the technology-rich First World and the bio-rich Third World is studied in detail, with a focus on issues of access and benefit-sharing. The book also examines the gaps in existing and evolving national laws and policies on the protection of biodiversity, and in doing so, envisages a framework of regional laws on the subject.

Introducing the Himalayan Region: Bio and Livelihood Challenges

Introducing the Himalayan region: Bio and livelihood challenges

God of the distant north, the Snowy Range O'er other mountains tower imperially; Earth's measuring-rod, being great and free from change, Sinks to the eastern and western sea.


Himalayan Region, Biodiversity and People

The Himalaya is an area comprising the highest and longest mountain range in the world.2 It is said to have been formed some 50 million years ago when the Indian plate began to collide with Eurasia resulting in the creation of the Tibetan plateau, the Karakoram and Himalayan ranges.3 This region now covers an area that is about 594,400 sq km (about 229,500 sq miles) and extends in an arc for about 2,410 km (about 1,500 miles) in ...

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