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Biosphere reserves are places where humans live in harmony with nature, and where there is an effective combination of sustainable development and nature conservation. Discuss.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

4.  Biosphere reserves are places where humans live in harmony with nature, and where there is an effective combination of sustainable development and nature conservation. Discuss. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 3 and mentioned as part of Mission-2023 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the role of Biosphere reserves in conservation and sustainable development.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start by defining a biosphere reserve and its various aspects.

Body:

First, write about the role of biosphere reserve in conservation and sustainable development – They are sites for testing interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and managing changes and interactions between social and ecological systems, including conflict prevention and management of biodiversity. They are places that provide local solutions to global challenges. Use examples to substantiate.

Next, write about the various threats to biosphere reserves and ways to protect them.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.