Professor Premananda Das, since his childhood, became interested in nature studies, a remote village in Kendrapara district of Odisha where he was born, provided the natural settings and the background to create interest in him for love of nature. Later, he studied Agriculture and horticulture to continue his interest in plants. He subsequently served in various positions in government, industries and universities to further knowledge, on plants and the environment and share experiences on natural resources conservation and use.
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Conservation and Management of Natural Resources for sustainable livelihoods in rural and tribal areas through scientific and innovative technological interventions.
Create awareness for conservation and management of natural resources through workshops, trainings, lectures, circulation of scientific and popular literature on sustainable livelihoods.
Empower the Tribal and Rural Youth including Women through training for livelihoods enhancement.
Promote greening of barren hills, wastelands, abandoned mined areas, fly-ash and mine waste dumps with native trees, shrubs and grasses.
Popularize appropriate soil, water conservation technologies to help in ecological restoration.
Promote mass cloning of authentic quality planting stock for resource generation to aid in large scale programs.
Promote agriculture, horticulture and allied activities including organic farming to enhance production and value addition, marketing for nutritional economic security.
Cooperate and collaborate with other organizations in the state as well as National and International institutions to promote the cause of conservation of natural resources for sustainable use.
Natural resources conservation and management issues, more so, conservation of diverse plant genetic resources in the fragile tropical ecosystems, have attracted attention of nature enthusiasts in recent times. Ex-situ conservation in botanic gardens and in situ conservation have been accepted as more reliable alternative strategies to protect plant communities, soils and the precious water resources. Protection of forests alone may serve the very basis of conservation of native flora and other natural resources to help guard against the ill effects of climate change and the processes of desertification.