New Discovery

New narrow-mouthed frog species discovered in Coastal Karnataka

We are happy to report the discovery of a new narrow-mouthed frog species in Coastal Karnataka. Named after Mangaluru, called kodial in the Konkani language, Microhyla kodial was first spotted in Mangaluru.

A joint effort by scientists and researchers of Mangalore University and ATREE, the new species (unlike other described members of Microhyla), was exclusively recorded from an urban industrial area surrounded by seaport, petrochemical and refinery industries.


ATREE leads a milestone project in Northeast India

Under the biggest ever initiative to document the rich and unique resources of Northeast, ATREE is rolling out the project - Bioresources and Sustainable Livelihoods in Northeast India. The Rs 23-crore project, spread over three years, is funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India & led by ATREE & Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal. The project will be implemented by a consortium that includes 12 Institutes.

As part of the project, we will explore, discover and document the bioresources of the NE region, assess their economic importance to the regional economy & develop models of sustainable resource use, based on new discoveries, product development, & indigenous knowledge. ATREE will also lead in capacity building of multiple stakeholders & strengthen institutions in biodiversity science. 



National workshop on Innovations for Forest Resources Management (InFoRM) program

Under USAID’s Innovations for Forest Resources Management (InFoRM) program - ATREE, IORA Ecological Solutions, and Centre for Youth & Social Development (CYSD) organised a one-day national workshop in New Delhi. The objective of the workshop was to disseminate project learnings to a wide range of stakeholders and foster discussions leading to scaling up of strategies. 

As part of the workshop, a panel discussion was organised to discuss innovations in fuelwood management, forest resources management, forest and forest-based livelihoods. A key highlight of the workshop was a special session by community representatives from all project landscapes on community perception on conservation and livelihood enhancement.
The workshop participants were able to gain a holistic view of the innovative conservation work carried out under the InFoRM program in several parts of India. This included the development of new agricultural techniques, value-addition and certification for NTFPs, establishing and developing micro-enterprises in project areas and above all, exploring ways to adapt and replicate the interventions in other sites across the country.


The Linnean Medal Awarded to Professor Kamal Bawa

Congratulations to our Founder President, Professor Kamal Bawa on being awarded the Linnean Medal in Botany by the Linnean Society of London. 

Professor Bawa has been recognised for his pioneering research on the evolution of tropical plants, tropical deforestation, non-timber forest products and for decades of work on the biodiversity of forests in Central America, the Western Ghats and the Eastern Himalaya. Professor Bawa is the first Indian to receive the medal in the 140-year old history of the Society awarding the medal.

The Society which is among the oldest academic societies of the world has been awarding the Linnean Medal every year since 1888.  


Vembanad Fish Count 2018

At the 11th edition of Vembanad Fish Count 2018, volunteers and scientists counted as many as 117 species, much higher than the 55 species observed last time. Organised by ATREE in collaboration with Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), Samyuktha Vembanad Kayal Samrakshana Samithi (SVKSS) and India Biodiversity Portal, this year the fish count was also extended to Kochi backwaters.

The Northern part yielded a total of 96 fish species including nine crustaceans. 
The highlight was the presence of Poecilia
mexicana and Moon gourami Trichopodus microlepis exotic to Vembanad Lake.

Supported by Antrix Corporation Limited (ACL) a CSR initiative of Antrix, Department of Environment and Climate Change, Department of Fisheries, Government of Kerala and Kerala State Biodiversity Board, the count aims to institute a deliberative democratic governance system for the backwaters by enhancing the cooperation of government departments, NGOs and academic institutions.


Water audit at the Theosophical Society, Adyar

A group of interns from ATREE, Azim Premji University, Manipal Institute of Technology and Ashoka University conducted a water audit at the Theosophical Society, Chennai. The key objectives of the exercise were to map groundwater levels and salinity as a baseline, conduct exploratory study on stream-tidal-aquifer interactions and water audit of the campus as a baseline for understanding long-term sustainability. The study was conducted using a range of instruments such as pressure transducers, water meters, and groundwater level recorders.


ATREE at the annual Planetary Health Alliance Meeting

At the 2018 Planetary Health Annual Meeting, held recently at the University of Edinburg, Priyanka Jamwal, Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE presented an Indian case study on “Water Quality Management — the effect of industrial effluents on human health". 

Priyanka highlighted the impact of urbanisation on water quality and human health, the lack of proper wastewater treatment systems and the use of polluted water often used by farmers downstream for irrigation purposes.

In her talk, Priyanka addressed the critical questions like - What is the human health impact of exposure to polluted water? What are the relative contribution of regulated (point) and unregulated (distributed) sources on pollution load in urban streams and in-spite of strict pollution control laws in place, why does pollution still persist?

The session was attended by a diverse group of students, investigators, instructors, policymakers, and other interested individuals committed to understanding and communicating the human health impacts of global environmental change.



ATREE at the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) Meeting

Shikha Lakhanpal, a Postdoctoral fellow in the Climate Change Mitigation and Development Program, ATREE, was invited to present her research paper on India's National Renewable Energy Policy and Outcomes at the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) meeting organised by the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, USA. SETI is an interdisciplinary global collaborative that fosters research on energy access and energy transitions.

The meeting was attended by more than 65 energy experts from 15 countries, including practitioners and researchers to inform evidence-based practice and policy-relevant scholarship. Shikha's research study contributed to a better understanding of multi-scalar policy pathways that are shaping India's sustainable energy transition. 



Orientation session for Aardram workers

An orientation session was conducted by ATREE-CERC staff for Aardram workers in Muhamma Panchayat area. As part of ANTRIX-CSR initiative, Muhamma village is identified to represent a model wetland panchayat. Representatives from ATREE - CERC conducted the session at four different locations of Muhamma Panchayat. The key objective of the orientation session was to discuss and further develop a participatory democratic approach towards the conservation of the ecosystem. The primary objectives and undertakings of ANTRIX-CSR were also discussed.
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