Certificate courses offered/organised by the Academy
The Academy conducted a seminar on sustainable development and conservation at the Naropa Fellowship (NF), Ladakh from 14th–23rd May, 2019. The 8-day seminar for the first cohort of NF students was designed to advance their comprehension of the biological and cultural diversity of Himalayan ecosystems, ecosystem services and human well-being and guide them towards opportunities for addressing these issues in the Himalayas. The seminar comprised classroom sessions as well as field activities and students were taught courses on natural history, phenology, ecosystem services and human wellbeing, climate policy, renewable energy and creating virtual tours and maps.
Following the success of this, the Academy was invited to teach the 2nd, larger NF cohort comprising 86 students. The first part was conducted from 3rd–5th October, 2019 and included sessions on the concepts (ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation) and tools (ODK Collect App, QGIS mapping software and participatory rural appraisal exercises) of sustainability science. The second part of the seminar initially scheduled to be conducted in May 2020 was conducted remotely in July due to the coronavirus pandemic and the students were taught courses on natural history and human wellbeing.
Open Data Kit (ODK)
The Academy organizes the Open Data Kit (ODK) training programme every year. Open Data Kit is a free and open source suite of tools that is designed to create, collect and manage field data by creating spatial and non-spatial forms on smartphones and Android tablets. This training programme is co-organized with the assistance of Google Earth Outreach.
Training programme for Indian Forest Service Probationers
The Academy coordinated the visit of 15 Indian Forest Service Probationers (2017-2019 batch) from the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun to the ATREE Bangalore office and the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) Community Conservation Centre from October 29th to November 2nd, 2018. Spanning five-days, the visit was designed to acquaint these future land managers with ATREE's research and outreach work. The programme focussed on ATREE’s work on invasive species management, human-wildlife conflict and forest rights of native forest communities.
Ten probationers from the 2016-18 batch of Indian Forest Service visited ATREE from 30thOctober-03rdNovember. The probationers were given an overview of ATREE’s work across the country during their visit to the ATREE office in Bangalore. This was followed by a 3-day field visit to Agasthyamalai Community Conservation Centre, in the Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR) where these upcoming forest officers were informed about ATREE's interdisciplinary research and outreach work at the KMTR and the surrounding grassland and wetlands