Dr. G.Poyyamoli

Associate Professor
DegreeSpecializationUniversity / InstitutionYear of Completion
1Ph.D.EcologyMadurai Kamaraj University1986
2M.Sc.Marine BiologyAnnamalai University1976
3B.Sc.Special ZoologyMadurai University1974
Total Experience: 
Area of Specialization/Interest: 

Sustainable Tourism/ Ecotourism
Tourism has the hidden and often ignored potential for integrating conservation with sustainable livelihoods. Our research in the Gulf of Mannar region explored such inseparable linkages between tourism , conservation of bio-cultural diversity and local livelihoods. Similar work is initiated for the Wayanad region. Such studies will be useful in streamlining tourism policy, planning and implementation strategies.

Agroecology is an ecological approach to agriculture that views agricultural areas as sustainable ecosystems. Our work on assessing the ecological impacts/sustainability of agricultural practices involves a comparison of Green revolution agriculture and natural farming in both dry and wetland agroecosystems. We have been able to quantify the relative advantages of natural farming –enhanced ecosystem services/sustainability/yield stability/nutritional superiority/soil quality/economic benefits. These studies will help us to disseminate the importance of sustaining agricultural productivity and livelihoods without degrading ecosystem services.

Sustainable solid waste management
Currently, the solid wastes in India are not segregated at source, leading to serious problems in processing, recycling, disposal and management. Our research explores the gaps between the waste management regulations and actual practices with emphasis on cradle to grave approach. My current interest lies in environmental/human health risk assessment and sustainable waste management to derive multiple benefits and to evolve/implement/monitor site specific sustainable waste management strategies in Puducherry, Karaikal and Cuddalore.

Industrial Ecology
Industrial ecology is the shifting of industrial process from open loop systems, in which resource and capital investments move through the system to become waste, to a closed loop system, where wastes become inputs for new processes. Our pioneering work in Puducherry has identified potentials and constraints for introducing this innovative approach. This will enable us to evolve an industrial ecology policy/planning and action frameworks for implementing the suggested strategies at the regional level.

Environmental Education for Sustainable Development (EESD)
The accumulating evidences world wide have indicated that students can be an effective instrument in dealing with the local environmental issues and that educational institutions can make considerable difference in motivating and mobilizing local people through students, for improving the local environmental quality and sustainability. Environmental Education for Sustainable Development is a dynamic concept that utilizes all aspects of public awareness, education and training to create or enhance an understanding of the linkages among the issues of sustainable development and to develop the knowledge, skills, perspectives, and values which will empower students and local people of all ages to assume responsibility for creating and enjoying a sustainable future. More recently, the United Nations General Assembly also declared the ‘UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development’ (2005–2014). One of my PhD students will be submitting his thesis shortly based on the assessment of the student’s knowledge, behavioural attitudes, and actions towards environmental problems, issues, conservation and protection of biodiversity and vital natural resources before and after the EESD interventions among the selected high school students.

Green campus strategies
Throughout the world, college and university campuses are embracing sustainability goals to ensure environmental stewardship, health and maintenance of facilities to include campus sustainable energy/water use, ecological land use plans and total waste recycling. This idea for green campus has evolved from the Talloires Declaration signed by the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future in 1990, and millennium development goals adopted globally by all nations by 2001. Since then, several universities/other educational institutions abroad have adopted this innovative strategy. My PhD students in collaboration/cooperation with other faculty from Pondicherry University and the neighbouring institutions are working to transform our campus into a model campus for others to follow. Pondicherry University has already achieved many campus sustainability milestones and has implemented many of the common best practices such as free cycles for commuters, solar water heaters, adoption of GRIHA standards for all new buildings and planning for a solar campus.


Publications (in last 3 years): 
2011 Padmavathy, K & G Poyyamoli . Alternative farming techniques for sustainable food production, Sustainable Agriculture Reviews, volume 7, Springer, (in Press)
2011 Poyyamoli G and A Padmavathy,. Analysing innovative sustainable practices extend and income generation in organic farming and GRA fields in Bahour, Puducherry, India, Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics Vol. 3(6), pp. 252-260.
2011 Padmavathy A and G Poyyamoli. Effects of conventional and organic management strategies on soil quality and biodiversity in agricultural fields of Bahour , Puducherry, India, American-Eurasian Journal of Agri. and Env. Science, 10 (4) , 644- 652.
2011 Alexandar, R., and G Poyyamoli. Biodiversity Conservation through Environmental Education for Sustainable Development - A Case Study from Puducherry, India, International Electronic Journal of Environmental Education, 1 (2), 97-111.
2011 Poyyamoli, G. Community Based Eco Cultural Heritage Tourism for Sustainable Development in the Asian Region: A Conceptual Framework,  International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development  ,2 (2), 66-80.
2011 Poyyamoli G., K. Padmavathy & N. Balachandran. Coastal sand dunes - vegetation structure, diversity and disturbance in Nallavadu village (Puducherry, India). Asian Journal of Water Environment and Pollution, 8(1), 115-122.
2011 Murali, J & G. Poyyamoli. Developing indicators for monitoring tourism and sustainability in Rameswaram, a buffer area in the Gulf of Mannar Marine Biosphere Reserve, India, Journal of Environmental Management and Tourism 1 (2), 155-164.
2010 Padmavathy, K, G Poyyamoli & N Balacahandran. Coastal dune flora, Nallavadu village, Puducherry India, Check list, Journal of Species list & distribution, 6(2), 198-200.
2010 Alexandar ,R., B. Abraham Lingan &  G. Poyyamoli,. Sustainable Solid Waste Management with Special Reference to Controlled Composting in Puducherry and Cuddalore Towns, India,  European Journal of Applied Sciences 2 (3): 116-121 
2010 George, B. P., R Inbakaran.,& G. Poyyamoli, . To travel or not to travel: towards understanding the theory of nativistic motivation, Tourism, preliminary communication ,  58(4) ,  395-407.
2010 Swati sulagna & G. Poyyamoli, A study of Natural disasters in Orissa for the last 100 years with special reference to cyclonic disaster risk reduction, World Applied Sciences Journal, 10(7),748-755.

Contributed 14 invited articles to The SAGE Reference Series on Green Society: Toward a Sustainable Future-Series (online edition) Ed: Paul Robbins, SAGE Pub, USA,www.sage-ereference.com/greenpolitics, www.sage-ereference.com / greenfood, www.sage-ereference.com/ greenbusiness, www.sage-ereference.com/greenconsumerism

2009 U.Jagadeesh Chandira boss, G.Poyyamoli, Goutam Roy, and K.V. Devi Prasad . Characterization and quantification of Biomedical waste generation and disposal in Puducherry Government General Hospital and their implications for management, Journal of Environmental Health, 71 (9), 54-58
2009 Poyyamoli, G. Marine Eco tourism for sustainable development in the third world – potentials and constraints, Tourisme & Territoires / Territories and Tourism, 1, 202-237.
2009 Alexandar, R., G. Poyyamoli and G. Mariya Rajkumar,. Issue investigation through hands-on-activity education among school students, Humanity & Social Sciences Journal, 4 (2): 138-142.
2009 Babou, C.,G. Poyyamoli and B.Guna, Impacts of LEISA based system of rice intensification (SRI) practices on rice grain yield and soil properties in rice – rice – rice cropping system in Puducherry region. International Journal of agricultural Sciences, 5 (1), 43-45.
2009 Babou, C.,  G. Poyyamoli and B.Guna,. Residual effects of integrated plant nutrients management practices (IPNM) on yield attributes and yield of succeeding black gram and available soil nutrient status International Journal of agricultural Sciences, 5 (1), 64-66.
2009 Babou, C., G. Poyyamoli and B.Guna,. Effects of integrated plant nutrient management (IPNM) practices on grain yield and qualities of medium slender rice (Oryza sativa) under rice – rice cropping system in Southern India. International Journal of agricultural Sciences, 5 (1),154-157.


Seminars/Conferences/Workshops Conducted(Last 3 Years): 




Position held

29th Feb and 1st March, 2008

National workshop on Environmental policy integration for greening the Indian economy

Pondicherry University

Organising Secretary

Seminars/Conferences/Workshops Participated(Last 3 Years): 
Level of Participation
Title of Programme(International/National/Institution)
25th 26th Feb. 2011.
Department of Political Science and Development Administration, Gandhigram Rural Institute – Deemed University at Dhiyan Ashram, Chennai
Lead paper
National seminar on inclusive democracy for inclusive development: building space for marginalized and minorities
21st- 22nd Jan., 2011.
Dept of Plant Sciences, Kanchi Mamuniver Centre for PG studies , Puducherry
Lead paper
National seminar on the impact of climate change on Biodiversity
22nd-24th Nov., 2010
MISARC, Pondicherry University,
Presented a paper
International Conference on South Asia 2020: Towards a Greater Unity and Interdependence 
8th & 9th Oct 2009
 Indian National Trust for Arts & Cultural Heritage,  Puducherry
Presented a paper
4th International Symposium on Asian Heritage. Theme: "Asian Colonial Cities - perplexity of Cultural Metaphor
Honours / Awards (if any): 




Member of the State Expert Appraisal Committee, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt of India & Government of Puducherry


Member of the Commission on Ecosystem Management, IUCN, Switzerland

2010 onwards

Member of the Global Experts Directory on Ecosystem Services (IUCN, WRI, WBCSD &  Earth watch Institute)


A network member of the National Ecosystem Services Research Partnership, US EPA


Member of the State Heritage Conservation Advisory Committee,  Government of Puducherry


State Environmental Policy Committee, Government of Puducherry

Projects Undertaken: 
 Project Title
Funding Agency
Grant Amount (INR)
Status of Biomedical waste management in the UT of Puducherry
Dept of Science Technology & Environment, Govt. of Puducherry-
Post Graduate Programme in Sustainable Development
University Grants
Commission, New Delhi
Contact Details
Telephone No: 
Mobile No: 
gpoyya.ees@pondiuni.edu.in, gpoyya9@gmail.com