Jagdish Krishnaswamy

Adjunct Faculty, Other Initiatives

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Ph.D. Department of Environment of the Graduate School, Duke University, May 1999.
M. S. (Statistics), Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences, Duke University, May 1999.
B. Tech (Civil Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, 1989.

Jagdish is Convenor and Senior Fellow at the Suri Sehgal Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment.

email: jagdish@atree.org

Publications

  • Journal Article
    2015
    Perceptions of priority issues in the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems in India
    Varma, V, Ratnam, J, and many others, including, from NCF, Anand M Osuri, M D Madhusudan, Kavita Isvaran, Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Raman Kumar, Nisha Owen, Suhel Quader
    Biological Conservation, 187: 201-211
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    We report on the results of a country-wide survey of people’s perceptions of issues relating to the con- servation of biodiversity and ecosystems in India. Our survey, mainly conducted online, yielded 572 respondents, mostly among educated, urban and sub-urban citizens interested in ecological and environ- mental issues. 3160 ‘‘raw’’ questions generated by the survey were iteratively processed by a group of ecologists, environmental and conservation scientists to produce the primary result of this study: a sum- marized list of 152 priority questions for the conservation of India’s biodiversity and ecosystems, which range across 17 broad thematic classes. Of these, three thematic classes—‘‘Policy and Governance’’, ‘‘Biodiversity and Endangered Species’’ and ‘‘Protection and Conservation’’—accounted for the largest number of questions. A comparative analysis of the results of this study with those from similar studies in other regions brought out interesting regional differences in the thematic classes of questions that were emphasized and suggest that local context plays a large role in determining emergent themes. We believe that the ready list of priority issues generated by this study can be a useful guiding framework for conservation practitioners, researchers, citizens, policy makers and funders to focus their resources and efforts in India’s conservation research, action and funding landscape.

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