Ashoka Trust for Research in
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Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
THE KHOSHOO MEMORIAL AWARD
winner of the 2004 Khoshoo Memorial Award is Dr R. Sukumar, Professor
at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore, India. He is one of the world leaders in the efforts
to conserve elephants, especially the Asian elephant. Since 1997
he has been the Chair of the Asian Elephant specialist Group of
IUCN - The World Conservation Union. He has published three books
and over 70 scientific articles. He is the winner of the Presidential
Award of the Chicago Zoological Society in 1989 and was honoured
with the Order of the Golden Ark, by the Government of Netherlands
in 1997 for his outstanding contribution to Elephant conservation.
His approach has been in using the elephant as a flagship for
conserving landscapes, their biodiversity, and reconciling human
interests with conservation. Most recently he was the recipient
of the Whitley Gold Award for International Nature Conservation
This prestigious award is given in honor of Dr. Triloki Nath Khoshoo, a world renowned environment scientist, former Secretary of the Department of Environment, Government of India, and a trustee of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE). He was also winner of the Padma Bhushan and the United Nations Sasajawa Environmental Prize. In 2002, students and friends of Dr. T. N. Khoshoo set up the T. N. Khoshoo Memorial Endowment Fund at
ATREE to honor
the memory of this great scientist and humanist. The S.M. Sehgal
Foundation has donated a corpus of $10,000 towards this Fund. The
purpose of the Khoshoo Endowment Fund is to biennially recognize
and honor one or more relatively young individuals in the field
of conservation and sustainable development by providing cash awards
in the range of Rs. 50,000 to 100,000.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE KHOSHOO MEMORIAL FUND
Many thanks to the Khooshoo family who gave a donation of Rs 10 lacs to the fund and to the Sehgal family foundation who also donated Rs. 4.5 lacs.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Bangalore at the UAS campus on September 18, 2003 in a ceremony presided by the vice chancellor of UAS Dr. A. M. Krishnappa. This will facilitate collaborative training and post graduate research between the two institutions.
WORKSHOP ON CONSERVATION –EDUCATION INTERFACE: STATUS, PROBLEMS AND OPPORTUNITIES
ATREE, New Delhi, organized a two-day national workshop: ‘Conservation – Education Interface: Status, Problems and Opportunities’ on 23 - 24 January 2004 at the India International Center, New Delhi. The workshop brought together a diverse mix of individuals and institutions from the field of conservation and education on a common platform. The workshop had representation from reputed schools of Bangalore and Delhi, external resource persons, teachers, donor agencies, forest department officials and park managers from the states of Karnataka, Delhi, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The deliberations at the workshop aimed to address the following issues: a) determine the factors that inhibit a dynamic and sustained interface between conservation and education sectors, b) identify the possible steps that can result in a more proactive collaboration between these two sectors and c) develop outline of a pilot program that can successfully demonstrate the benefits of such collaboration in terms of realizing common objectives. ATREE is committed to take the process forward and develop tangible, on the ground initiatives that incorporate the outcome of the workshop discussions.
INTERACTION MEETING WITH FOREST DEPARTMENTS OF KARNATAKA, KERALA AND TAMIL NADU
ATREE periodically presents its research findings to the forest department to promote discussion on key issues and policies pertaining to the conservation and management of the forests. In this context, the meeting entitled “The Role of Science in Forest Conservation and Management” was held with the Karnataka Forest Department on January 7, 2004 at Aranya Bhavan, Bangalore.
The meeting was conducted
in two sessions:
Some of the recommendations that emerged from the deliberations were:
WORKSHOP ON MONITORING FOREST BIODIVERSITY
ATREE Delhi hosted a half-day workshop on “Approaches to Forest Biodiversity Monitoring”, which was organized at the India International Centre on January 14, 2004. The workshop had the mandate to recommend broad terms of reference for implementation in India of Article 7 of the Convention on Biological Diversity relating to monitoring. The workshop was attended by 22 participants from Delhi and Dehradun-based institutions engaged in assessment of forest biodiversity including: MoEF, DBT, IIRS, FSI, ATREE, Winrock, JNU, WWF, FORD, IDRC, UNDP. The main speakers at the workshop were: Mr. N. K. Joshi, Director General, Forests, MoEF, Govt. of India; P. S. Roy Dean, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun on Biodiversity characterization at landscape level and conservation planning; Dr. J. K. Rawat, Director, Forest Survey of India, Dehradun on ‘Biennial
monitoring and field level inventory’, Dr. K. D. Singh, Senior
Fellow, ATREE, Delhi on ‘Monitoring of conservation and sustainable
use at the community level’. The specialists’ talks were
followed by panel discussion consisting of the following distinguished
CONSERVATION EDUCATION WITH THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED:
On December 30th, 2003, (ATREE) joined efforts with the Association of People with Disabilities (APD) to give 57 children from economically poor areas of Bangalore a New Year’s gift of an outdoor field trip to rural Kanakapura. The APD regularly runs health education programs with school students and school-age dropouts from around Bangalore.. This year, they looked to ATREE’s hands-on environmental education program as a way to expose these children to the outdoors in a new way. Fifty-seven students, ages 9 to 14, a quarter of whom are school drop-outs, accompanied by 15 volunteers from APD and ATREE traveled to the rural government primary school in the Kanakapura area. There they were joined by 35 local students and together the two groups planted and fenced tree saplings on the school grounds. The local students and teachers were given instructions on caring for the seedlings, and promised to do their best to “green” their campus.
Then local Devarahalli community members led the group on a 4-kilometer mountain hike. The city students were very enthusiastic and returned home with a new appreciation for the natural environment. Thanks to the donated time, money and volunteers of the SIDDHA SAMADHI ashram, and the Association of People with Disabilities for making this possible.
BUTTERFLY GARDEN NETWORK STARTED BY ATREE IN A DBT SPONSORED BUTTERFLY PARK PROGRAM AT BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK
The first butterfly garden, in a series of such learning centers was inaugurated by Mr. Narendra Kumar, chairman of the Delhi Public Society at the Yellahanka Delhi Public School on January 20, 04. This garden will serve as a model for many more in and around Bangalore under the supervision of Dr. Soubhadra and her team at ATREE.
PRESENTATIONS BY ATREE STAFF
K.R.‘Professor L. B. Kajale Memorial Lecture"
on "Transfer of genes across species limits through sexual pathway:
Recent advances” at the All India Twenty sixth Botanical Conference
held at Hamdard University, New Delhi. 29-31 December 2003.
A.J., Joseph, G.C., & Uma Shaanker, R. (2003), ‘Proceedings
of the Conference on Policies, Management, Utilization and Conservation
of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in the South Asia Region’
ATREE and FAO.
ATREE received a grant from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for organizing the Sub-Regional Workshop “Accelerating Implementation of National Forest Programmes: Strategies and New Directions” in New Delhi, India from 3-5 February 2004.
Hewlett Packard (HP) has contributed for the basic infrastructure for setting up ATREE-HP Eco-informatics centre to cater to the requirement of Western Ghats – one of the global biodiversity hotspots.
Uma Shaanker and his team were one of the group of institutions that
won the World Bank Development Marketplace 2003 Global Competition
award with their project: "Enhancing Livelihoods by Conserving
Biodiversity.” For more information on this award, please visit