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Biodiversity, Land-Use Change, and Human Well-Being: A Study of Aquaculture in the Indian Sundarbans

By: Kanchan Chopra, Preeti Kapuria and Pushpam Kumar

273 pages, Figs, tabs

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Jul 2009 | #181675 | ISBN-13: 9780198060215
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This volume deals with the growth of aquaculture farming, largely driven by export demand, in the Sundarbans and its impact on the ecosystem, biodiversity, land use change, and human well-being. It raises questions on social cost of erosion of biodiversity, land conversion, sustainability of aquaculture and multi-stakeholder aimed policy responses.

A detailed discussion on compliance costs, economic benefits as against social costs of environmental pollution and degradation enriches the debate. The volume examines the drivers of shrimp export and the issues faced by exporting concerns; the stakeholders in the value chain; the extent of biodiversity loss off the Sundarbans coast and the land use change; impact on well-being of the different categories of stakeholders; and finally, possible policy recommendations for sustainable aquaculture in the region.


FOREWORD; INTRODUCTION;; 1. Ecosystems, Ecosystem Services and Aquaculture: Drivers of Change;; 2. Trade Liberalization and Shrimp Exports;; 3. Determinants of Shrimp Export from India and From West Bengal: Analysis and Some Econometric Explorations;; 4. Biodiversity Loss off the Sundarbans Coast: Magnitude, Cost and Impact;; 5. Land Use Change in the Sundarbans; Chapter; 6. Human Well-being: Who Gains and Who Loses?; 7. International Drivers and Local Impacts: Responses and Interventions; Biblio; Index

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Kanchan Chopra, Professor, Institute of Economic Growth, Preeti Kapuria, Dr., Institute of Economic Growth, and Pushpam Kumar, Dr., Institute for Sustainable Water, Integrated Management and Ecosystem Research (SWIMMER)

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