January 24, 2017
For immediate release:
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) concluded Day-1 of the two day ATREE@20 international conference, marking 20 years of ATREE, on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Day 1 featured sessions on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and Climate Change Mitigation and Development.
The first key-note address, by Dame Georgina Mace, Professor, University College London, reflected on how nature could be valued in a human-dominated world. Dr. Mace called for investment in natural capital to sustain the benefit streams humans derive from nature.
The panelists reflected on the connotations (negative and positive) of the term Anthropocene and how equity, justice and power figure into conversations about how humans are changing the planet. They also discussed the role of the current consumption culture and how we might turn the conversation to “what it means to be a different kind of human?” as Dr. Linnell put it.
The Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Society session ended on a lively note with spirited “Young Scholar Presentations” by ATREE’s PhD scholars: Chandrima Home described the “canine conundrum” in the trans-Himalayan landscape: the impacts of free-ranging dogs on livestock. Madhuri Ramesh made the case for the need for turtle conservation to get “fuzzy” and why marine protected areas fail in highly human dominated areas with mobile species like turtles. Aniruddha Marathe’s study of ants in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh, argued that understanding biodiversity patterns “one small question at a time” can help preserve species. Barkha Subba assessed the possible impact of climate change on Himalayan frogs, taking into account their ability to migrate.
The day ended with a session on Climate Change, Mitigation and Development to mark ATREE’s foray into this area. Ulka Kelkar, Fellow at ATREE, described on going work on the transition to solar in the city of Ramanagara near Bangalore. Using data on clean cookstoves and household diets, Narasimha Rao from International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) illustrated that win-wins in terms of both emissions reductions and human health are possible. Geir Heierstad, from the Norwegian Institute of Urban and Regional Research described some of the possibilities and concerns with the Indian Smart Cities Agenda. Finally, Radhika Khosla from the Centre for Policy Research described the links between energy and climate change focusing on the demand-side of Indian energy.
Venue: J.N Tata Auditorium, National Science Symposium Complex, Sir CV Raman Avenue, Near Indian Institute Of Science, Malleswaram 18th Cross, Kodandarampura, Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560012
The ATREE@20 conference marks 20 years of ATREE’s work in the areas of environmental conservation and sustainable development. The themes of the conference are Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; Water, Land and Society; Forest Governance and Livelihoods; and Climate Change and Development.
By bringing together national and international academics with diverse expertise, the conference aims to call attention to current environmental challenges.
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) focuses on research and education to engage and influence policy and practice in the conservation of nature, management of natural resources, and sustainable development. Established in 1996 as a non-profit organisation, ATREE works in the forests of Western Ghats, the ecosystems of Northeast Himalayas, grasslands of Kutch, wetlands of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the expanding urban cities of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and other parts of India.
ATREE focuses on biodiversity conservation, climate change, livelihoods, energy, and water using a unique multidisciplinary approach in its research and outreach activities, which have contributed significantly across local, state, and national stakeholders to meet current environmental and social challenges.
ATREE’s mission is to generate rigorous interdisciplinary knowledge for achieving environmental conservation and sustainable development in a socially just manner, enable the use of this knowledge by policy makers and society, and train the next generation of scholars and leaders.
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