This book is part of a two-volume set that offers an innovative approach towards developing methods and tools for assigning conservation categories of threatened taxa and their conservation strategies by way of different phases of eco-restoration in the context of freshwater river systems of tropical bio-geographic zones. The set provides a considerable volume of research on the biodiversity component of river ecosystems, seasonal dynamics of physical chemical parameters, geo-hydrological properties, types, sources and modes of action of different types of pollution, river restoration strategies and methodologies for the ongoing ecological changes of river ecosystems.
Volume 2 highlights biodiversity potential in aiding the resistance and resilience of riverine ecosystem functioning and their synergistic effects on ongoing environmental perturbations. Comprehensive information on the conservation of river-associated-wildlife is provided, covering the impacts of pollution, land-use changes, river policies, and ecosystem restoration strategies. The book offers an innovative approach towards developing methods and tools for assigning conservation categories of threatened taxa, and covers their conservation strategies by way of different phases of eco-restoration in the context of freshwater river systems of tropical bio-geographic zones.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Biodiversity: Concept, Theories and Significance in River Ecology
Chapter 3. Ecology of fishes of rivers: Functional roles
Chapter 4. Diversity and conservation of wildlife associated with rivers : An eco-ethological analysis
Chapter 5. River Pollution and Perturbation: Perspectives and Processes
Chapter 6. Landuse changes; Floodplains, Dams and Reservoirs, Integrated River Basins Management
Chapter 7. Eco-Bio Politics, Policies and Conservation Strategies of Rivers
Chapter 8. Eco-restoration of Rivers
Chapter 9. Methodologies for the Assessment of River Ecosystem in Southern West Bengal , India
Chapter 10. Conclusion
Dr Susanta Kumar Chakraborty is a Professor of Zoology at Vidyasagar University and he received his M.Phil. in Environmental Science and PhD in Marine Science from Calcutta University. His research centres on Coastal Ecology, Mangrove and Fresh Water Wetlands, Rivers and Estuaries, emphasising biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics. He has also worked on the integration of rural biotechnologies for environmental management, eco-restoration, and livelihood generation. He has received a number of awards in recognition of his research commitments. Dr Chakraborty has taught for over three decades, mostly in the postgraduate level, covering different aspects of Zoology in general and Ecology/Environmental Science in particular, and has successfully supervised thirty PhD students, published around 150 research papers, written books, and has completed more than a dozen research projects including consultancy work on environmental impact assessment in several countries. Dr Chakraborty has also served at other universities as a member of selection committees and academic bodies, as well as an expert member in several government departments like U.G.C. and I.C.A.R., and he is a life member of a number of scientific bodies in India and serves on the editorial board of a number of journals.