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Mr Mohammed TR Khan

Research project: Systematic Conservation Planning and Protected Area Prioritisation in Madagascar

Abstract

Systematic conservation planning (SCP) is a branch of conservation biology aimed at delivering on the ground actions to achieve conservation goals, which defines operational models covering design and implementation of conservation that strongly focus on collective action necessary to implement conservation. Madagascar, a mega-biodiversity hotspot, faces major biodiversity conservation challenges due to a combination of high diversity, endemism and a high degree of natural risk threat coupled with unplanned anthropogenic reasons, resulting a greater negative impact on global biodiversity. The nation is highly threatened its Malagasy biota due to loss of its biodiversity at an alarming rate during the past many decades. In the face of such developments and future environmental change, the prediction for Madagascar's biodiversity remains a concern as regional diversity will continue to decrease in response to the combined effects of climate and land cover change as many habitats are vulnerable to the future changes. This needs immediate attention from research and management communities to check from habitat loss and fragmentation to protect its biodiversity.  The current study will employ the approach of SCP to look into this gap. This will help in spatial conservation prioritisation in Madagascar by using some of the tools and techniques based on the remote sensing, GIS and Zonation. SCP or conservation assessment, used for identifying important areas for biodiversity with focus on how conservation goals might be achieved efficiently, will be applied to evolve a conservation solution to effect on the existing conservation and management strategies of the island country.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Systematic Conservation Planning and Protected Area Prioritisation in Madagascar
  • Research supervisor: Dr Kerry Brown

Biography

For the last many years, I have been engaged in the interdisciplinary research, consultancy and management of environment and natural resources that aim at imparting valued service to the society for bringing innovative changes, progressive development and sustainability. My main focus during the academic and professional career has been in an interdisciplinary approach including biogeography, ecology, forest dynamics, biodiversity, climate change, rural development, sustainability and geo-informatics. I have a dynamic personality with the experience of working in multicultural environments including volunteering activities. I was a research and teaching faculty member in the Centre for Rural Studies, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, India – nation's highest centre of training and research for all the Civil Servants and top bureaucrats prior to joining as a Consultant-GIS in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, New Delhi. My research at KU focusses on an area related to the ‘Systematic conservation planning and protected area prioritisation in Madagascar'.

Areas of research interest

  • Biogeography
  • Ecology
  • Biodiversity conservation; Systematic conservation planning
  • Forest dynamics
  • Climate change
  • Natural resource management
  • Geographic Information System
  • Remote sensing
  • Modelling
  • Sustainability

Qualifications

  • MPhil in Natural Resource Management, Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, India
  • MSc in Natural Resource Management, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  • MSc in Environmental Botany, Hamdard University, New Delhi, India
  • BSc Hons in Botany, Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal, India

Funding or awards received

  • PhD Studentship at SEC, Kingston University - 2017-2020
  • UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared Scholarships - 2002-2003

Publications

PAPERS PUBLISHED & PRESENTED IN WORKSHOPS/CONFERENCES:

  • Khan, MTR and Omprakash, M. D. 2016. Adaptation through Watershed Management in the Changing Climate. Special Issue on Adaptation in the Indian Subcontinent, Global NEST Journal, Vol 18, No 1, pp 11-24 (2016) 
  • Khan, MTR 2014. Geographic Information System (GIS) and Indigenous Knowledge in Natural Resource Management. International Journal of Environment and Natural Sciences, Vol. 1, 65‐81 (2014)
  • Khan, MTR and Omprakash, M. D. 2014. Watershed Approach for Sustainable Rural Development: A Case Study in the Himalayan Region. Artha-vikas, Vol. L: No.1 and 2, January-December 2014, The Golden Jubilee Issue. University Press, Department of Economics, Sardar Patel University 

EDITORSHIP - Associate Editor (2014-2015), Journal of Land and Rural Studies, SAGE

Conference papers

  • Khan, MTR and Omprakash, M. D. 2016. Adaptation through Watershed Management in the Changing Climate. International Workshop on Climate Change Impacts and Societal Adaptation, Organised by the Central University of Rajasthan (India) and Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (Sweden), Central University of Rajasthan, Bandarsindri, Ajmer, 7-8 November 2013 (Abstract published in the workshop proceedings)
  •  Khan, MTR and Omprakash, M. D. 2014. Watershed Approach for Sustainable Rural Development: A Case Study in the Himalayan Region. National Seminar on "Rural Development in India- Issue and Challenges", organised by the Department of Economics, Sardar Patel University, V.V. Nagar, Anand, Gujarat, 3-4th January 2014. Abstract published in conference proceedings)
  • Khan, MTR and Millington, Andrew, 2012. Remote sensing, a solution to environmental change research: landslides and forest disturbance. Abstract published in conference proceedings of the national conference on  "Science for Shaping the Future of India" organised by the Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata – Imphal Chapter, Aug 2012, Imphal
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