Field academies

The field academies serve to take the learning out of textbooks and into local contexts. The field academies, or community-based conservation centres - CCCs - at Agasthyamalai, Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary (BRT WLS), Male Mahadeshwara Hills (MM Hills), Kanakpura, and the Community Environment Resource Centre (CERC) at Vembanad strengthen the practical aspects of conservation - in both natural and social science perspectives. They provide a long-term interface with communities and community leaders, as well as resident government and non-government partners, and help develop mature partnerships at local levels.