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ATREE LAUNCHES INDIA'S FIRST ECO-INFORMATICS CENTRE
ATREE launched India's first EcoInformatics Centre for Conservation and National Resource Management on May 13, 2005 at the Hotel Grand Ashok, Bangalore. The centre is based in Bangalore, in collaboration with the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) and Hewlett-Packard (HP) with support from the United Nations Foundation and the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum. The centre is unique in that it makes key information readily available to researchers and decision makers that will lend to success in conservation and management of India's biological resources.
Additionally, the centre performs an important public service function as
a source of information on biodiversity and other environmental features.
The centre was inaugurated by Dr. M.Y.S. Prasad, Director, Master Control
Facility, ISRO, Hassan, who also launched the centre's website, www.ecoinfoindia.org.
Other highlights of the occasion were: (1) the signing of an MOU by the
National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune and ATREE. This serves as the
centre's first significant step toward building institutional collaboration
and data sharing for conservation and natural resource management purposes.
(2) a grant awarded to ATREE by MapInfo, the global leader in location-based
software solutions. The grant will help to establish an internship programme
which will allow a select group of national and international students
to work on the development of webGIS related tools and applications using
CONFLUENCE ON LANTANA
In the last one year, ATREE has progressively taken strides in providing support to the livelihoods of
several forest fringe communities by disseminating knowledge on lantana craft.
SUMMER WORKSHOP ON BIODIVERSITY
From the 29th to the 31st of March 2005 ATREE, in partnership with Delhi Public School, Yelahanka, conducted a three-day Biodiversity Summer Workshop at the Butterfly Garden in Delhi Public School, Yelahanka. The main objective of the workshop was to create awareness amongst children on the faunal diversity in their backyards. A total of 200 students participated, from the 4th to the 7th standard. The workshop was also a capacity building program for science teachers.
In preparation for this workshop, the coordinators created an activity manual. This manual gives a brief
outline on the ten taxa that are most commonly found in our backyards: butterflies, ants, bugs and
beetles, spiders, frogs, birds, dragonflies, land snails, bees and termites. The students tested the
practicability of this manual during the workshop. At the end of each day, they were asked to write a
report on the activities they carried out and the results they obtained.
In order to improve sea turtle conservation in the Orissa state using a participatory approach, ATREE's Coastal and Marine Conservation Programme team facilitated the creation of the Orissa Marine Resources Conservation Consortium (OMRCC). The approach of the OMRCC is to work together on issues where there is common interest and consensus towards ensuring the sustainable use of marine living resources and livelihoods in Orissa. The coastal programme conducted further workshops and meetings in February and April to familiarize members of the fishing community with current legislations that pertain to sea turtle conservation as well as those affecting their livelihoods. The programme has also produced a booklet in English and Oriya on marine conservation legislation, particularly in the context of marine turtles.
Dr. Siddhartha Krishnan, has joined ATREE as a Post-doctoral Fellow in the social
sciences. He plans to continue his analysis of forest conflicts in the Nilgiri Wynaad region along a
variety of theoretical and policy perspectives. He obtained a PhD from the Department of Sociology,
University of Madras. His doctoral thesis titled, 'Deforestation and Conflict in the Nilgiri Wynaad,
' broke out of the traditional frame of sociological research at the University of Madras as a result of
engaging with issues of forest use, rights and conflicts.
Sridhar, A. presented a paper titled "Highlights
and findings on the study on CRZ notification and post-tsunami rehabilitation
commissioned by UN" at the Consultation on Reconstruction of Shelters
and Community Infrastructure, 12th April 2005. Organized by the Government
of Tamil Nadu and the UN Team for Recovery at Chennai.
Ganesh T. and M.S. Devy (2005) Canopy world. Sanctuary, February.
Gladwin Joseph has been nominated as a member of Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE) Society, Dehradun for a period of two years with effect from April 2005. ICFRE is an autonomous society under the MoEF, GoI.
Sinu, P.A. received a grant of USD 966 from Royal Entomological Society, RES, London, towards attending 9th European Workshop on Insect Parasitoids (IX EWIP) at Cardiff University (5-9 September 2005) and the International Symposium on Insect Conservation Biology (ENTO 05) at Sussex University (12-14 September 2005).
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