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Abstract
Journal of Applied and Natural Science 8 (1): 489-493 (2016)
Impact of climate change and anthropogenic interventions on natural vis-à- vis human resources in Kashmir, India – An overview
Peerzada Ishtiyak1*, 2Mohan Reddy2, Shiv Panse, Irfan Wani3 and Quadri Javeed Ahmad Peer4
1Faculty of Forestry, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (SKUAST) Kashmir (J&K) INDIA
2Temperate Institute of Sustainable Innovations, New Delhi, INDIA
3DFO, J&K Forest Department. Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (SKUAST) Kashmir (J&K) INDIA
4Faculty of Agriculture, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (SKUAST) Kashmir (J&K) INDIA
*Corresponding author. E-mail: drishtiyak@gmail.com
Abstract : Climate change is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing today and it has the potential to create havoc with the agrarian livelihoods across the globe. Therefore, this paper attempts to explain the probable impacts of human induced climate change on natural resources in Kashmir, India. An ample amount of literature was reviewed meticulously to ascertain the impacts of climatic variability on natural resources vis-a-vis agriculture, biodiversity and water bodies as well as other common issues related to human resources in Kashmir. Loss of certain indigenous food varieties (i.e. nick cheena), reduction in natural forest cover (less than 11%) and loss of important water resources has aggravated the already dilapidated situation in this most vulnerable state of India. Scientific evidences revealed that there will be more devastating climatic effects on natural resources in Kashmir- India, which will fall disproportionately on poor communities, particularly dry land farmers, forest dwellers and fishermen of the state.

Keywords : Anthropogenic pressures, Climate change, Kashmir, Natural resources
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