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What is biodiversity

The official definition of biodiversity, as adapted by UN Convention on Biological Diversity is "the variability among living organisms from all sources, including, 'inter alia', terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems, and the ecological complexes of which they are part: this includes diversity withinspecies, between species and of ecosystems"[1]

Simply speaking, it is the variation in the life forms in a given ecosystem. More the biodiversity, healthier is the ecosystem.

Overview of the module

This module is split up into four sections, each highlighting a different aspect of India's biodiversity

Section 1 India as a megadiverse nation Examples of the enormous biodiversity of India
Section 2 Geography and Climate of India Reasons why India is a megadiverse country
Section 3 Biodiversity and Indian society The impact of biodiversity on India's religion, cuisine and healing systems
Section 4 Rare and Interesting species of India As the name suggests
Testing Final Quiz Questions related to concepts and facts learned in this module


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