Impact of Climate Change on the Fishing Population of Majuli, the Largest Riverine Island and its Fresh Water Biodiversity

By Karobi B. Saikia.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Inland water and freshwater biodiversity constitute a valuable natural resource in economic, cultural, aesthetic, scientific and educational terms. Yet, this precious heritage is in crisis in Majuli River Island due to the impact of increasing temperature and changes in climatic conditions. The island mainly consists of lowlands, swamps, riverine sand flats, tributaries, channels and wetlands on which the local populace is completely dependent for their daily livelihood. Protection of freshwater biodiversity is perhaps the ultimate conservation challenge for the sustainance of socio-economic conditions of the inhabitants of this island. This paper deals with the study of the importance, threats, status and conservation challenges of Majuli River Island and its population to climatic change.

Keywords: Majuli River Island

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.199-222. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.508MB).

Dr. Karobi B. Saikia

Selection Grade Lecturer, Ecology and Environment Section, Zoology Department, Cotton College and Postgraduate Institute, Guwahati, Assam, India

Being born and brought up in a biodiversity rich region of India, that is the North-East, I have become environment conscious over the years, As my major field is Environmental Education and Conservation Biology, I have been teaching Ecology and Environment Biology for the last 20 years in Cotton College and Post-Graduate Institute with a focus to bring about awareness among the people regarding the fast depletion of our biodiversity due to urbanization. I am also a Fulbrighter, 2006 under the Indo-American Environmental Leadership Program and this experience has helped me to continue my research work. I could also do a lot of pioneering work under the Russel E Train Institutional Grant awarded by WWF, Washington, DC in my region.

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