Conference on Conservation Science and Sustainable Development, 24-25 January 2017, Bengaluru

ATREE was established in 1996 as a research institution in the areas of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. We focus on interdisciplinary research, education and action to influence policy and practice on conservation of nature, management of natural resources, and sustainable development.

In 2016, ATREE will complete 20 years. Over this period ATREE's research has had significant impacts. In celebrating 20 years of ATREE and to call attention to current environmental challenges, we are conducting a two day international conference in January 2017. The main themes of the conference are:

  • Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Society
  • Water, Land and Society
  • Forest Governance and Livelihoods
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Development

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Venue: J N Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

Day 1: Tuesday, 24 January 2017

09:00 - 10:00 Inaugural address and Felicitations by dignitaries

Kamaljit S. Bawa
ATREE President and Distinguished Professor of
Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston
10:00 - 10:45 Keynote speaker

Georgina Mace
How should we value nature
in a human dominated world?
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break

Session 1: Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Society

11:15 - 12:00 Keynote speaker

Gunter Pauli
Conservation of Nature to Regeneration of Ecosystems:
How new business models will shape water,
agriculture, food and energy for all
12:00 - 01:30 Invited talks

Breena Holland,
Environmental justice: Who counts
and how much is enough?

Robert L. Pressey
Back to the basics with conservation
planning: Science and policy through
the lens of making a difference.

Siddharth Krishnan
Conservation at ATREE:
A paean and some soul searching.

Arnold van Huis
The sustainability of using
insects as food and feed.
1:30 - 2:30 Lunch
2:30 - 4:00 Panel Discussion

Nadarajah Shanmugaratnam
Professor Emeritus, Development Studies, Norwegian
University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Conservation in the ‘Anthropocene’: What are the Prospects for Biocentric and Anthropocentric Conservation Policy and Practice?

Breena Holland, Associate Professor, Department of
Political Science, Lehigh University, United States

John D. Linnell
Senior Research Scientist, Norwegian Institute for
Nature Research (NINA)

M.D. Madhusudan
Scientist, Western Ghats,
Nature Conservation Foundation

Jayashree Ratnam
National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore

Eivin Røskaft
Professor, Department of Biology, Norwegian
University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
4:00 - 4:30 Coffee break
4:30 - 4:45 Young scholar presentations

Session 2: Climate Change Mitigation and Development

4:45 - 6:15 Invited Talks

Ulka Kelkar
Low carbon energy choices
by urban Indian households

Narasimha D. Rao
How much energy do Indians ‘need’?

Geir Heierstad
India's urban agenda -
growth and climate change

Radhika Khosla
Multiple objective based energy
and climate policy making
6:15 - 7:00 Honoring ATREE Institutional Staff

Day 2: Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Session 3: Forest Governance and Livelihoods

09:00 - 09:45 Keynote speaker

Esther Mwangi
Principal Scientist, Forests and Governance
Program, Center for International Forestry
Research (CIFOR)
09:45 - 10:45 Invited talks

Tamara Ticktin
Sustainability of harvesting non-timber forest products: some lessons learned from the Western Ghats

Sharachchandra Lele
Forests, livelihoods and governance in India: Insights and challenges

Tor A. Benjaminsen
Norway and REDD+ knowledge claims, concealed practices and the creation of success stories
10:45 - 11:00 Young scholar presentations
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 12:45 Panel discussion
Empowering local communities for conservation and development

Nitin D. Rai
Fellow, ATREE, Bangalore

Tushar Dash
Vasundhara, Bhubaneshwar

Ilse Köhler Rollefson
League for Pastoral People (LPP), Rajasthan

Charlie Shackleton
Department of Environmental Science, Rhodes
University, South Africa

Sandeep Virmani
Managing Director, Hunnarshala Foundation for
Building Technology & Innovations, Bhuj
12:45 - 1:45 Lunch

Session 4: Water, Land and Society

1:45 - 2:30 Keynote speaker

Upmanu Lall
Water, energy, food, and climate challenges:
prospects for national and regional solutions
2:30 - 3:45 Invited talks

Veena Srinivasan
Bridging the science-policy divide.
Lessons from ATREE's research in South India

Christopher A. Scott
Does the pursuit of food security
jeopardize water security?

Margreet Zwarteveen
Politics and practices of water governance

Richard Allan
Developing strategies for delivery of sustainable
safe drinking water in rural communities
3:45 - 4:00 Young scholar presentations
4:00 - 4:45 High tea
T N Khoshoo Memorial Award Function
4:45 – 5:00 Award ceremony
5:00 – 5:15 Address by the awardee
5:15 - 6:30 Policy round table on water: Is inter-linking of rivers
the only way to solve India's water woes

Sharachchandra Lele
Senior Fellow, ATREE, Bangalore

Prof. Brij Gopal
Coordinator, Centre for Inland Waters
in South Asia, Jaipur

Himanshu Kulkarni
Founder Trustee and Executive Director,

Lyla Mehta
Professor, Institute of International Environment
and Development (Noragric), Norwegian
University of Life Sciences

K. J. Joy
Senior Fellow, SOPPECOM
6:30 - 7:00 Concluding remarks by the Khoshoo family
Vote of thanks by the Director of ATREE

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