CONTENTS:- I. Introduction. II. Climatic Considerations. III. Soil and Landuse. IV. Agriculture. V. Animal Husbandry. VI. Forest and Forestry. VII. Environmental Pollution. VIII. Wildlife. IX. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. X. Combating Desertification. XI. Afforestation Challenges. XII. Agroforestry: New Approach.
The book "Ecology and Environment of Cold Desert (Ladakh)" attempts to present, within a condensed form and in a readable fashion, acomprehensive detail of ecology and environment. Ladakh is the loftiest and remotest region of the Indian Republic. It is supposed that mother nature has been unkind to this region but it has many charming attractions. There are many agencies which disturb the ecology and lead to various disasters. Ladakh, long isolated from the hustle and bustle of the outside world due to its difficult topography and climatic condition, is now becoming an important centre of attraction of visitors-the historians, artists, scholars, tourists, educationists, nature's lovers, and many others who want to ward-off the beaten path. The ecological movement is becoming very popular all over the world and India is not untouched from its impact. However, in cold desert, public awareness and exposure to such outwardly trends is virtually non-existent. Therefore, Ladakhi people are confined only to their own world of wonders.