The eighth conservation talk, organised by Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens on the topic ‘Climate Change and Wildlife Conservation’ by Jagmohan Sharma, Chief Conservator of Forests, was held at the Mysore Zoo auditorium in city on Tuesday.

Giving a powerpoint presentation on the topic, Jagmohan Sharma, who is on a study leave for Ph.D at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, said that only earth is habitable because of the atmosphere present there and added that we exist because of the Greenhouse effect.

Going back to the evolution, he said that mass extinctions has occurred on this planet for five times and added that the observed change in climate during last three decades is attributed to human activities.

He further said that climate change is likely to impact the habitat and the behavioural ecology of wildlife. The stress due to climate change would be in addition to the non-climatic stresses like biotic pressure on forests and diversion of forest habitats for developmental projects.

He said that 10 indicators of a warming world were melting of glaciers, reduction of snow cover, increase in temprature, increase in humidity, increase in temperature over oceans, increase in sea surface temperature, decrease in sea ice, increase in ocean heat content, increase in sea level and increase in air temperature.

Sharma further said that the greatest threat to species and the places they live can be attributed to habitat loss, human-animal conflicts, unsustainable trade, climate change, bycatch, invasive species and pollution and added that some species were impacted by only one of these factors, while the others are hit by a combination of these.

A 1990 batch of IFS Karnataka Cadre, Sharma joined Forest Department in 1993. He has served in many places in the forest department including Nagarahole as DCF for sometime. He has also done his Forest Ecology and Management from Edinburgh University, Scotland, UK and has been awarded with Elizabeth Sinclair Irvine Prize.

Zoo Executive Director B.P. Ravi, Manager Shivanna, volunteers of zoo and others were present on the occasion.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore