Certificate courses

ATREE’s certificate courses are designed to be useful to students, professionals, policy-makers, practitioners, research and advocacy groups who have interests in environment and sustainable development. The courses provide hands-on experience through practical and field sessions to give participants an opportunity to place their learning in practical contexts. The course work is constantly upgraded. What we share below is a basic outline of the subject matter of the course.

Introduction to Geospatial Tools for Conservation

This comprehensive course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) for environmental conservation has been designed by ATREE’s Ecoinformatics Lab and Academy for Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies. The rigorous, individualized, hands-on training course provides participants an opportunity to learn the basic principles of Remote Sensing, GIS and GPS techniques using state-of-the-art software.

Course topics cover the basics of GIS/RS data structure and analysis, cartographic principles, basic principles of Remote Sensing, digital image processing, spatial data sources, GPS theory, field data collection and processing. Hands-on training is conducted in QGIS and IDRISI software.

Perspectives on Environment and Development: Concepts and Debates

‘Perspectives on Environment and Development: Concepts and Debates’ is one of the courses held (2011)to emphasize the social science aspects of natural science research, and the current ideas and perspectives that dominate discussions and research on these. It underscores the interdisciplinary nature of the questions that must be asked while carrying out research in the areas of environment and sustainable development.

The course on 'Perspectives' revisited the fundamental concepts, theories and debates in natural resource management based rural development. The topics covered theories of development; socio-economic approaches to the environment-development linkage, including environmental economics and political ecology; and related natural science concepts, particularly in forest ecology and water resources management.

The course is for individuals based in practitioner and activist organizations, policy research and advocacy groups, journalists and policy-makers who are interested in keeping abreast of conceptual advances in the area of sustainable development.

Seeding Biodiversity Appreciation

Biodiversity in itself is inspiration, is the maxim of the certificate course on conservation science and allied social sciences developed by ATREE. This course combines lectures, field visits and hands-on research projects to introduce the science of conservation to young professionals, graduates and post grad students.
Lectures focus on conservation issues at the regional level but with a global perspective. This is interspersed with interactive discussions. Participants get exposure to the practical tools of the trade, in the field and off it.

This certificate course is an initiative of the Academy for Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies, and is supported by the Jamsetji Tata Trust.

Vacation Training Programme

This summer vacation course for school students is conducted in April and May at ATREE, Bengaluru. The objective is to introduce young minds to issues pertaining to the use and conservation of natural bio-resources. Classroom sessions consist of lectures by eminent scientists and experts from the fields of biodiversity, urban wildlife, wildlife rehabilitation, waste management, sustainable agriculture, conservation issues, water quality monitoring, sustainable living and forest products that contribute to livelihood of tribal folk. Lectures are usually followed by assignments and group projects.

Field trips expose students to the applications of concepts they have learnt in the classroom, and introduce them to the skills required for doing field work on bio-resources. Field trips are usually held in or near one of the Community-based Conservation Centres. Other places that have been visited in the past include Ramanagara Vulture Nesting area, Ranganthittu bird sanctuary, butterfly park in Bannerghatta National Park, and to Navadarshanam - an eco ashram. Screening of documentaries, and visits to research institutes are other elements of the course work.