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General awareness and Perceptions about Sacred Groves and Biodiversity Conservation in Urban people of Bankura District, West Bengal, India

Author Affiliations

  • Department of Zoology, Bankura Sammilani College, Bankura, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 4, Issue (2), Pages 16-21, February,22 (2015)

Abstract

This paper describes the results of a survey to find out the general awareness and perception of sacred groves and its role on biodiversity conservation between urban people of Bankura District. The result shows that only 57% of all respondents are familiar with the term biodiversity and 40 % are familiar with the term sacred groves but 56% are familiar with both the terms and 44% are not familiar with both of these terms. In our study a significant difference among different age groups observed in familiarity with the awareness of biodiversity conservation. Similarly perception and awareness increases with the educational level of respondents. When respondents were asked spontaneously to name one environmental problem then, 47% of all respondents mentioned pollution as the major environmental problems but very few were aware about ozone layer depletion, biodiversity degradation or other problems. Similarly television and news paper are the prime medium through which urban people know about the importance of biodiversity conservation and sacred groves. For successful preparation of conservation strategy, community participation is much more needed because local communities in many parts of the world play very important role for protection and conservation of biodiversity. For this reason a holistic understanding of the recent status, regarding general awareness and perceptions about sacred groves and biodiversity conservation among urban people of Bankura district is essential.

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