Criteria for identification and assessment of agro-biodiversity heritage sites: Evolving sustainable agriculture

Need for identification and value assessment of agro-biodiversity heritage sites in the context of recent Acts has been highlighted to facilitate conservation and evolution of sustainable agriculture. Six indices reflecting agriculture providing livelihood support; custodianship of irreplaceable natural resources; continued co-evolution and development of new agro-biodiversity responding to changing scenario; intangible religious, artistic and cultural association; locals' ingenuity responding to changing scenario and ability to adapt external inputs are proposed for identification of National Agro-biodiversity Heritage/Hotspot Sites (NAHS).