Dr. Siddappa Setty R

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Dr. Siddappa Setty R
Fellow, Centre Convener, Centre for Environment and Development
siddappa@atree.org
Dr. Siddappa Setty is an ethnobotanist, holds a PhD from the University of Mysore. Committed researcher-practitioner, who has bridged science, policy and practice to achieve sustainable development in the tribal areas of Western Ghats. Coordinating two community conservation centers of ATREE in Western and Eastern Ghats. Over a 27-year career, he has made tremendous contributions to sustainable resource use through long-term monitoring of forest resources such as honey bees, several non-timber forest products (NTFP), community and conservation, creation of livelihood opportunities, forest restoration, invasive species and management.  I focused on ecological, social and economic aspects of forest resource use, sustainable agriculture and participatory resource monitoring. He has trained more than 10,000 indigenous harvesters on sustainable use of forest resource and working closely with indigenous communities. Created livelihood opportunities for local people through invasive species and NTFPs. He has published around 35 peer-reviewed research papers and manuals.

Research interests:

  • Poverty alleviation in biodiversity rich areas through sustainable use of forest resources.
  • Sustainable use of Non-timber forest products (NTFPs).
  • Bringing scientific knowledge and approaches with traditional knowledge.
  • Environmental education and forest restoration.

Education:

  • Ph.D., in Botany (Ecology of Non-timber Forest Products) 2004. University of Mysore, India.
  • Master Degree in Botany, 1994. University of Bangalore, India.
  • Bachelor Degree in Chemistry, Botany and Zoology, 1992. National College, Basavanagudi, Bangalore, India

Work experience:

  • October 2019 - Fellow II (Associate Professor) and Convener of the Centre for Environment and Development. ATREE.
  • April 2014 to September 2019: Fellow II (Associate Professor) and Forest and Governance program Leader, Centre for Environment and Development. ATREE.
  • April 2009 to March 2014: Fellow (Assistant Professor), Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE.
  • July 2004 to March 2009: Post doc and Outreach Coordinator, ATREE.
  • Jan 2000 to June 2004: PhD and Outreach Coordinator, Mysore university and ATREE.
  • Jan 1998 to Dec 1999: Research Associate, ATREE.
  • Nov 1994 to Dec 1997: Research Assistant, Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), Bangalore, India

Awards:

  • Received Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Fellowship 2009; to visit Oregon State University USA for four months in 2009.
  • Received iF social impact award by iF international Forum Design for his work related to invasive species, Lantana camara.

26 years of Dr. Siddappa Setty’s livelihood and conservation work has directly or indirectly contributed to ATREE receiving such institutional awards:

  • In 2005, ATREE was awarded the prestigious Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam award for Environment Conservation.
  • In 2009, ATREE was awarded the Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED (Asia Pacific Forum for Environment and Development) Gold Award for its flagship program on "Promoting the ingenious use of a plant invasive, Lantana camara, to enhance the livelihood of the forest dwelling communities in India".
  • The prestigious Gunnerus Sustainability Award received by ATREE’s founder Dr. Kamaljit S Bawa in 2012, described ATREE as an ‘innovative, knowledge-based conservation and research organization for sustainability science’
  • In 2016, ATREE received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) Asia Section, in recognition of ATREE's extraordinary contributions to conservation of biodiversity and capacity building for sustainable development in India.
  • In 2019, ATREE received the prestigious UNESCO Sultan Qaboos award for Environmental Preservation in recognition of its socially-just environmental conservation and sustainable development activities.

Travel grants:

  • Received travel grant from Dorabji Tata Trust, Bombay and Conservation International, USA, to present paper on Agroforestry on enhancing diversity of trees on farms proximal to wildlife sanctuaries: 'Lessons from working with small farmers' at 2nd World Congress at Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2009, grant received 1 lakh INR.
  • Received travel grant from DIVERSITAS Netherland to present paper on invasive plants in tropical human dominated landscapes: need for a paradigm shift in their management at DIVERSITAS International Conference at Cape Town, South Africa, October 2009, grant received 1000 USD.
  • Received travel grant from DIVERSITAS to present paper on “Restoration of Arid Tropical Forest for Sustainable Development at Reserve Forest of Bandipur National Tiger Park, India,” at the International Conference on Planet Under Pressure at London during March 2012, grant received 1500 USD.

Affiliate faculty:

Teaching:

Coordinating and teaching PhD students C4A Research methods in social sciences, (core course 1 credit). Teaching electives E7; The ecology and socio-economics of Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) 1.5 credit.  Coordinated and taught (several classes) study abroad students of Kansas University (3-credit 2 courses) and Columbia University (6- credit 1 course).

Project completed/ongoing as principal investigator: 

  • Co-management and sustainable use of Non-timber forest products in three protected areas of Western Ghats funded by DBT, from 2019 to 2022.
  • A Bioeconomy for India at Regional and National Levels: Drivers and Activities, funded by National biodiversity mission, Government of India, one year 2020 (Co PI).
  • Nature’s contribution to poverty alleviation, human wellbeing and the SDGs funded by DBT, from 2019 to 2021 (Co-PI).
  • Developing alternative uses of Lantana in Malai Mahadeswara Wildlife Sanctuary, funded by Mr. Aroon Raman, from 2019 to 2020.
  • Enabling locally-managed conservation of forest and wildlife habitat while improving livelihoods in India’s Western Ghats funded by Symantec, from 2019 to 2020.
  • Managing India’s Forests for Biodiversity and Human Well-being in the Face of Global Environmental Change funded by USAID, from 2014- 2018 (COP).
  • Sentinel landscape project to assess the relationship between livelihoods and land health in forested landscapes in Nilgiris and Wayanad. The project was funded by International Center for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF) in 2014.
  • Diversity and Origins of Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus, Lam.) in the Western of Ghats of India, funded by Chicago Botanical Garden.
  • Sentinel landscape project to assess the relationship between livelihoods and land health in forested landscapes in BRT tiger reserve and Coorg. The project was funded by International enRecherche Agronomiquepour le Développement (CIRAD).
  • Worked with the Institutional projects funded by JTT as site coordinator at BRT wildlife sanctuary, Project was funded from 2008 to 2011.
  • Restoration of degraded forest near Bandipur National Park funded by GE from 2012 to 2013. 
  • Medicinal plant conservation in Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve, project from DCF office, Karnataka Forest Department, Chamarajanagara from March to July 2011.
  • Coordinating project on consultancy mode: Apis dorsata (rock bee) monitoring and improved methods of honey harvest in Nagaland through Nagaland Beekeeping and Honey Mission (NBHM) funded by Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust, Bombay 2009 to 2010.
  • Community Based Afforestation at Lokkere forest near Bandipur supported by GE with collaboration of Junglescapes Bangalore 2010-11.
  • Community Based Afforestation at Lokkere forest near Bandipur supported by GE with collaboration of Junglescapes Bangalore 2009-10.
  • “Local alternatives for Temple offerings in South India- MM Hills and Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagamalai and Allagarkoil at Madhurai” (supported by Department of Bio-technology), 2007 to 2010.

Projects completed (As one of the project team members):

  • Conservation and livelihood programme attempting to evolve a sustainable and democratic model of conservation, (Funded by Sri Dorabji Tata Trust), 2005-07.
  • Enhancing Livelihoods of Marginal Forest Communities in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu by Promoting the Utilization of Lantana as a Substitute for Bamboo, (supported by the Dept. of Biotechnology, Government of India, New Delhi, 2004-07.
  • Promote the use of sustainable agro-forestry systems to conserve soil, increase on-farm diversity and income (supported by Dorabji Tata Trust, New Delhi), 2005 -07.
  • Diversification and substitution of resource use: Approaches to enhance livelihoods and conserve biological diversity, (funded by Development Market Place, World Bank, Washington D.C.), 2003-04.
  • Managing and Conserving Biodiversity in the Western Ghats, India (funded by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai), 2001-04.
  • Integrating conservation, livelihoods and awareness: A comprehensive Natural Resource Management program in the Western Ghats, (supported by Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi), 2002-04.
  • Integrated approach towards conservation of Biligiri Rangan Hills wildlife sanctuary (supported from Ford foundation), 1999-2001.
  • Conservation of Non Wood Forest Products (NWFP) with involvement of community people using Participatory Resource Monitoring technique at Biligiri Rangan Hills Wildlife Sanctuary (supported from Ford foundation), 1998.
  • Integrated approach to conservation of Bio-diversity, with special reference to Non Wood Forest Products (NWFP) at B R Hills Wild life Sanctuary (Implementation grant from Biodiversity Conservation Network), 1995-97.
  • Integrated approach to conservation of Bio-diversity, with special reference to Non Wood Forest Products (NWFP) at B R Hills Wild life Sanctuary, a Planning grant from Biodiversity Conservation Network, 1994.

Popular articles in newspaper and magazine:

Books:

  • Forest Right Act Manual in Kannada 2008, Siddappa Setty, Madegowda and Harisha. 
  • Edited book: Learning for Life: Nature as Our Teacher, Environmental Handbook for Educators on Biligirirangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka by Sujatha Padmanabhan, Sunita Rao 2005.

Essays:

Videos:

International meetings/Invited talks:

  • Gave a poster presentation on Management of invasive species Lantana camara and livelihood in South India at the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), 56th Annual Meeting "Tropical biology and sustainable development" at Antananarivo, Madagascar from 30 July to 3 August 2019.
  • Gave a talk in community conservation center BRT on research and action work being carried out from past 25 years, special reference to community and conservation to Royal Norwegian Institute dated on 19th March 2019.
  • Gave a talk on Long-term monitoring of honeybees (Apis dorsata) and flowering phenology in the deciduous forests of the Western Ghats India at Phenology 2018 Conference in Melbourne Australia, from 23-27 September 2018.
  • Attended POLLEN Political Ecology, the Green Economy, and Alternative Sustainabilities June 20, 2018 - June 22, 2018, Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo, Norway.
  • Gave oral presentation on “Enterprise based sustainable management of non-timber forest products and livelihood security in Western Ghats, India” at Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation conference at Merida, Mexico: Conference, 9th to 14th July 2017
  • Gave a poster presentation on Long-term monitoring of honeybees (Apis dorsata) and impact of ban on harvest in Western Ghats India at Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation conference at Merida, Mexico: Conference date:- 9th to 14th July 2017.
  • Presentation on “ Community and Conservation” in The Scripps research institute, Jupiter, Florida, USA on 6th July 2017.
  • Attended FLARE meeting and gave a talk on Sentinel Landscape Western Ghats at ICRAF meeting in Edinburgh, UK on 4th Dec 2016
  • Gave a talk on Sustainable Use of Non Timber Forest Products and Livelihood – at NORAGRIC in Oslo, on 14th Dec 2016.
  • Visited University of Oslo and interaction with Dr. Hugo de Boer and his staff on collaborative work in Malai Mahadeswara Wildlife sanctuary on Non-timber forest products and sustainable utilization and impact of harvest on genetic level 15th Dec 2016.
  •  Gave a presentation on long-term monitoring of rock bees and impact of ban on harvest in Southern India at 9th Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation Asia-Pacific Chapter 30 March – 2 April, 2015, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Participate in the writing workshop on institutional mapping from December 1st to December 5th 2014. The workshop was co-organized by CIRAD and ICRAF, at Montpellier, France.
  • Attended “Sentinel Landscapes Data Analysis Workshop” from March  03th to March 07th  2014, funded by World Agroforestry Center held at CATIE, Turrialba, Costa Rica.
  • Gave a talk entitled “Long-term Monitoring of Rock Bee Colonies in BiligiriRangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, India” at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology between 18-22 June 2012, held in Bonito, Brazil.
  • Gave a poster presentation on “Restoration of Arid Tropical Forest for Sustainable Development at Reserve Forest of Bandipur National Tiger Park, India” at International conference on Planet Under Pressure during March 25- 30, 2012 at London.
  • Presentation on 'Biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation in India', 'Agroforestry and livelihood of Soliga tribes in India', 'Invasive species as resource opportunity', 'Rock bee monitoring and honey harvest in a tropical forest', 'Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood in India', 'Conservation policies in India and their impact on livelihood of Soliga tribes' at Oregon State University, University of Kansas and American Museum of Natural History at New York. September to December 2009, USA.
  • Presentation on 'Invasive plants in tropical human dominated landscapes: need for a paradigm shift in their management' at DIVERSITAS International conference 13 - 19 October 2009 at Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Presentation at the 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry on enhancing diversity of trees on farms proximal to a wildlife sanctuary: 'Lessons from working with small farmers', 23rd to 28th of August 2009, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • A presentation at American Museum of Natural History, 25th to 28th April 2009, New York, USA.
  • Co-management of Biodiversity: Traditional Knowledge and Forest Right of the Soligas in South India, presented work at an International Conference on Sustainable Forest Management and Poverty Alleviation: Roles of Traditional Forest-related Knowledge 17th to 20th December 2007 held in Kunming, China.
  • Collaborative research on sustainable harvest of forest resource, Sept and Oct 2005, University of Hawaii USA.

Courses attended (National/International):

  • Statistical learning a free online course from Feb to April 2014conducted by Stanford University.
  • Writing in the Sciences a free online course from Sept to Nov 2013conducted by Stanford University.
  • Training on Social science for natural scientists attended from June 8 to 13, 2009 conducted by Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment, Bangalore.
  • Training on management development program on Sustainable livelihoods, community organizations and income generation activities held from Jan 31to Feb 4, 2005conducted by the Institute of Rural Management, Anand.
  • Training on statistical applications in forest research from 6th to 10th of May 2002 at Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi.
  • Developing Project Proposals/ Professional Writing/ Reporting, from 10th - 17th Nov 2003, Kasetsart University, Thailand.
  • Systematic Classification of Plants, 15th - 21st June 1998, Malaysia.
  • Geographic Information System (GIS), 8th - 15th Feb 1998, Philippines.
  • Ethnobotany and Returning result to the communities, 22nd - 27th Jun 1998, Malaysia.
  • Qualitative Methods of Applied Ethnobotany, 16th - 28th Feb 1998, Philippines.
  • Quantitative Methods of Applied Ethnobotany, 15th - 26th Sep 1997, Malaysia.

Meetings / Conferences / Symposiums / Workshops:

  • Gave a presentation on long term monitoring of NTFP and sustainable livelihood in South India at workshop on Sustainable Use And Indigenous Livelihoods: Lessons For And From India at Kotagiri, 27-28 February, 2019.
  • Gave two talks at  Mahatma Gandhi institute for Pachayath Presidents and Secretaries of Gramapanchayth in March 2019 on nature and community and conservation.
  • Attended inception workshop global environment facility project “Transforming Agricultural Systems and Strengthening Local Economies in High Biodiversity Areas of India through Sustainable Landscape Management and public-private finance” on 18 September 2019 at The Taj Mahal Hotel, One Mansingh Road, New Delhi.
  • Attended Thematic consultation on biodiversity, agriculture and nutritional security, National Mission on Biodiversity and Human well-being, Bangalore, 29th October 2019.
  • Attended the thematic consultation on the Bioeconomy component of the National Mission on Biodiversity and Human Well-Being at TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi on Wednesday, 30th October 2019
  • Field trip to RNE team Anne and for two days 19th and 20th to the forest, community, NTFP processing units, agriculture land and villages.
  • Gave an invited talk on “Water and Forest Conservation” on world water and forest day at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development on 22nd March 2019, several college students from Bangalore and Pachayath Presidents and Secretaries attended.
  • Talk on “Long-term monitoring of honey bees (Apis dorsata) and impact of ban on harvest in Western Ghats India” at 1st Bangalore meeting on Asian Bees held on 9th and 10th of February 2018 at National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore. Setty shared insights from his 2 decades of research on honeybee monitoring. He indicated that the bee colonies are decreasing and its high time to have community involved in monitoring.
  • Talk on biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of forest at Gundal for Mysore university students (MSW) dated on 2nd March 2018.  
  • Talk at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of rural energy and development on world women’s day, spoke about environment and role of women in conservation, 8th March 2018
  • Presentation on “ conservation and livelihood at MMHills wildlife sanctuary and Cauvery wildlife sanctuary” at Karnataka forest department head office, Bangalore on 21st April 2017.
  • Presentation on “ Non-timber forest product and livelihood in Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger reserve” at Karnataka forest department head office, Bangalore on 22nd April 2017.
  • Presentation ‘Environment and protection” at training organized for representatives of Zilla, Taluk and Village Panchayat members of Karnataka. Organized by Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development (MGIRED), Bangalore, India, 28 May 2017.
  • Presentation ‘Environment and protection” at training organized for representatives of Zilla, Taluk and Village Panchayat members of Karnataka. Organized by MGIRED, Bangalore, India, 28 June 2017.
  • Presentation on “ community and conservation” in The Scripps research institute, Jupiter, Florida, USA on 6th July 2017.
  • Gave a plenary talk in National Seminar on Bioresources Conservation and utilization on Enterprise based sustainable management of non-timber forest products and livelihood security in Western Ghats, Karnataka, on 13th May 2017 at Forestry College Sirsi, Karnataka State and it is under consideration for publication.
  • Presentation on “ conservation and livelihood at MMHills wildlife sanctuary and Cauvery wildlife sanctuary” at Karnataka forest department head office, Bangalore on 21st April 2017.
  • Presentation on “ Non-timber forest product and livelihood in Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger reserve” at Karnataka forest department head office, Bangalore on 22nd April 2017.
  • Gave a plenary talk in National Seminar on Bioresources Conservation and utilization on Enterprise based sustainable management of non-timber forest products and livelihood security in Western Ghats, Karnataka, on 13th May 2017 at Forestry College Sirsi, Karnataka State and it is under consideration for publication.
  • Presentation ‘Environment and protection” at training organized for representatives of Zilla, Taluk and Village Panchayat members of Karnataka. Organized by Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development (MGIRED), Bangalore, India, 28 May 2017.
  • Presentation ‘Environment and protection” at training organized for representatives of Zilla, Taluk and Village Panchayat members of Karnataka. Organized by MGIRED, Bangalore, India, 28 June 2017.
  • Presentation on “Community and Conservation” in Western Ghats India for study abroad students from Kansas University at BRT field station and also coordinated four days programme for them in BRT from 22nd to 25th July 2017.
  • World environment day talk on environment and conservation , World environment day, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development (MGIRED),  5th June 2016, Bangalore
  • Western Ghats and Conservation talk at INTEGRO Infotech at Bavarian Indian Centre, Ulsoor Bangalore for the Bavarian study abroad students. Dated on 2nd September 2016
  • Western Ghats, issues and conservation talk at ATREE for Forest Research Institute Dehradun, Uttarakhand, dated on 15th September 2016.  
  • Participated at round table discussion on landscape approach to conservation and development organized by YES institute, natural capital conservation dialogue series at Nehru Centre, Mumbai, September 28th 2016.
  • Participated as a chair person under the session Impact of climate change on food security of Karnataka, organized by CUTS international, interactive workshop on food security in India: The interactions of climate change, Economics politics and trade, Bangalore 26th October 2016.
  • Talk in Norway  - Oslo – NORAGRIC – Sustainable Use of Non Timber Forest Products and Livelihood – 14th Dec 2016
  • Gave a talk on “Biodiversity Conservation work in BRT tiger reserve” for Kurukshetra University, Baroda on February 21st 2013.
  • Talk on “Participatory Resource Monitoring concepts with special reference to Gooseberry” at workshop on Conservation of Bio-Resources: Concepts, Practices and Instruments at Rudhrapur in Uttarakhand, organized by Dabur from March 1-3rd 2013.
  • Talks on “Environment and protection” for Panchayat Secretary, Presidents and Panchayat Development Officers at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development, Bengaluru from January to March 2013.
  • Presentation on “Sustainable harvest of Non-timber forest products” at Natural Resource Management course for senior IAS officers from 16th to 20th December 2013 at Administrative Training Institute, Mysore.
  • Gave a presentation on “Conservation and Monitoring of Non-Timber Forest Products with Special Reference to Gooseberry and Rock Bees in South India” at Seminar on Sustainable Management of Non-timber forest products (11th-12th Dec 2013), organized by Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun. Meeting was specifically organized for 89 IFS probationary.
  • Presentation on “Long-term Monitoring of Apisdorsata Colonies in Biligirirangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, at Second Indian Biodiversity Congress (IBC 2012) from 9th to 11th Dec 2012 at IISc, Bangalore.
  • Two talks on “Environment and protection” for Panchayat Secretary, Presidents and Panchayat Development Officers at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development, Bengaluru in November 2012.
  • Talk on “Participatory Resource Monitoring concepts with special reference to Gooseberry” at workshop on Conservation of Bio-Resources: Concepts, Practices and Instruments at Rudhrapur in Uttarakhand, organized by Dabur from March 1-3rd 2013.
  • Talks on “Environment and protection” for Panchayat Secretary, Presidents and Panchayat Development Officers at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development, Bengaluru from January to March 2013.
  • Talk on “Biodiversity Conservation work in BRT tiger reserve” for Kurukshetra University, Baroda on February 21st 2013.
  • Gave an oral presentation on “Long-term Monitoring of Apisdorsata colonies in Biligirirangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, India at Second Indian Biodiversity Congress (IBC 2012) from 9th to 11th Dec 2012 at IISc, Bangalore.
  • Gave a talk on “Biodiversity Conservation in BRT” for Sristi School students at ATREE on 6th November 2012.
  • Gave two talks on “Environment and protection” for Panchayat Secretary, Presidents and Panchayat Development Officers at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development, Bengaluru in November 2012.
  • Talk on “ATREE and its Biodiversity Conservation work” to the students of Forest Research Institute, Dehradun at ATREE on 28th September 2012.
  • Presented a paper on “Long‐term Monitoring of Apis dorsata Colonies in BiligiriRangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, India” at 2nd Asia Regional Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology, Bangalore, 7-10 August 2012.
  • Talk on “Environment and Protection” at ATREE on world environment, over 120 students from 5 different schools have participated in the program on day on 5th June 2012.
  • Gave 7 talks on “Environment and protection” for Panchayat Secretary, Presidents and Panchayat Development Officers at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development, Bangalore, from April to June 2012.
  • Gave a presentation on “FRA related work of BRT” to Baiga tribal farmers group who visited ATREE under CEE and GEF-UNDP-Small Grants Programme (SGP) with partner organization Gram SudharSamiti,(GSS) Sidhi, Madhya Pradesh on 4th May 2012.
  • Participated in the discussion about “Forest Fire at Nagarhole National Park” at Udaya News channel, telecasted for an hour dated on March 1st 2012.
  • Talk on “Sustainable Harvest of Non-timber Forest Products and Livelihood”  at “International Consultation on “20 Years of Rio: Biodiversity – Development – Livelihoods” at MSSRF, Chennai during February 15-17, 2012.
  • “Biodiversity and Conservation work in BRT” to students of Indian Institute of Forest Management on 26th Dec 2011.
  • “Sustainable Harvest of Non-timber Forest Products in South India” at Nation seminar on “Sustainable Forests of Western Ghats: Prospects and Challenges at Solapur University, Solapur during February 10-11, 2012.
  • “Conservation and Livelihood work in BRT” to the Depaul University students on 6th Dec 2011.
  • “Forest Right act and Conservation” at the workshop on property rights and development Organised by liberty institute in association with SUGRAMA for elected women of Grama Panchayat, dated on 16th Nov 2011.
  •  Participated in the GOI-UNDP-GEF project review meeting on “Mainstreaming Conservation and Sustainable use of medicinal plant diversity in three Indian States” Organized by FRLHT at Ramanashree California Resort, Bangalore 25th July 2011.
  • Gave a talk on "Participatory Resource Monitoring System for Non-timber Forest Products" at ATREE Wednesday talk on 21st Sept 2011.
  • “Nature and conservation” under Environment education program to the school children at Vivekananda GirijanaKalyana Kendra, BRHills dated on 18th  May 2011.
  • Participated in Western Ghats taskforce meeting to prepare ‘Karnataka State Forest Policy’ at Karnataka Forest Department on 21st  June 2011.
  • Nature and conservation. Under environment education programme for school children at Vivekananda GirijanaKalyana Kendra, BR Hills. 18th  May 2011.
  • Fulbright Alumini Leadership workshop organized by U.S. Consulate General, Chennai on understanding your personality types dated on 24th to 25th March 2011 at Bangalore.
  • Participated as one of the Discussant in the certificate course on ‘Perspectives on Environment and Development: Concepts and Debates’, Organized by The Academy for Conservation Science and Sustainability Studies at ATREE, 09 – 16 March 2011.
  • Workshops organized with community and the forest department on collaborative efforts in BRT for the community and forest department with coordination of Dr. Lucy and Dr. Uma Shaanker. March 2011.
  • Presentation on Biodiversity Conservation. Agriculture University, School of Ecology on 20 January and to Kuvempu University students on 4 Feb 2011.
  • ATREE work on conservation of non-timber forest produce. Discussion meet to conserve and promote propagation of medicinal plants in Karnataka State. Karnataka Forest Department, AranyaBhavana, Bangalore. 12 Feb 2011.
  • Role of NGOs and CBOs in empowering youth and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Conference on inter-disciplinary dialogue on Reaping the Demographic Dividend in Agriculture and Rural Development at M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai. 19-21 Feb 2011.
  • Sustainable Use and Monitoring of Forest Resources. National conference on conservation, improvement and sustainable use of medicinal plants and non-wood forest products. Institute of Forest Productivity, Ranchi. 8-9 March 2011.
  • Gave a presentation on “Biodiversity Conservation” to the students of Kuvempu University on 4th Feb 2011.
  • “Biodiversity Conservation” to the students of Agriculture University, school of ecology on 20th Jan 2011.
  • ‘Biodiversity conservation in BRT’ at ATREE for DePaul University students. 3 Dec 2010.
  • ‘Sustainable harvest of gooseberry’ at 4th World Ayurveda Congress and Arogya Expo, Seminar on Conservation, Cultivation, Sustainable Collection, Processing and Marketing of Medicinal Plants with focus on RET Species. 12 Dec 2010.
  • ‘Conservation and sustainable harvest of natural resources’ for Gram Panchayat representatives from Tumkur and Shimoga district at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development, Bangalore. October to November 2010.
  • Public speech on ‘Importance of traditional knowledge and environmental education.’ Vana Sanjeevana book award ceremony, Udupi. 24 October 2010.
  • “Biodiversity and conservation work in BRT” at Nature Cap conducted by Usha Charitable Trust, Bangalore on 22nd October 2010.
  • ‘Conservation education’ at inauguration of Eco Club at Ramapura Girls High School, Kollegaltaluka, Chamarajanagara district on 15 September 2010.
  • ‘Conservation and education’ at GE as part of World Environment Day celebrations where around 550 students from 13 different schools participated in the programme. 7 August 2010.
  • Biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability to school children in BRT 85 students participated, 22nd July, 2010
  • Major invasive plants in India -- Lantana camara, Eupatorium, and Parthenium hysterophorous and their impact on biodiversity. Participants identified the spread of lantana as a major issue in their forest areas. They noted that bird dispersal of seeds, tree cover loss and soil condition were some of the major reasons for lantana spread workshop with the Soliga community in July 2010.
  • Facilitated University of Kansas students study abroad visit to BRHills and Bandipur restoration project. And gave a talk on Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood work carried out in BRT and restoration work in Bandipur, June 2010.
  • Attended an ‘International Conference on Biodiversity in relation to food and human security in a warming planet’, at M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India, 15 to 17 February, 2010.
  • Gave two days training to the organization called ECONET at Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary on ecological monitoring of Terminalia chebula. July 2009.
  • Organised one day workshops in both MM Hills and BRT Hills field sites on antiplastic campaign and spoke about strategies to control plastics in the forest and temple areas.
  • Co-management of Biodiversity: Traditional Knowledge and Forest Right of the Soligas in South India, Sidharth Krishnan, C. Madegowda, Sushmita Mandal, Siddappa Setty and Nitin Rai was presented by Sidharth Krishnan in an International Conference on Sustainable Forest Management and Poverty Alleviation: Roles of Traditional Forest-related Knowledge held in Kunming, China 17th to 20th December 2007.
  • Participated and helped to conduct "Consultation Workshop on National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) for Biodiversity Conservation in North East India" - organised by ATREE, under the aegis of the MoEF, GoI and with the support of UNDP, at Shillong Meghalaya on the 26th of August 2006
  • Workshop on Resins and Gums (Policy, Management and Trade in India) at Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh. Organized by Greetings from RCDC Centre for Forestry and Governance, Bhubaneswar. Venue- Hotel Jungle Bells, Tyda, Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh, Indiaduring 11-13 April 2006
  • Third Regional Practitioners Workshop-Southern Karnataka on: Livestock-Livelihoods-Environment: Sharing of Experiences Organised by LEAD Advocacy Network-Karnataka (LAN-K) - SAMUHA, At Hotel Airlines, Mysore, during 3-5th February, 2006.
  • Results and evaluation of a participatory monitoring system for NTFP: the case of Amla fruit harvest by tribal peoples in South India, R. Siddappa Setty, C. Madegowda, R. Ganesan, Kamal Bawa and Tamara Ticktin. Workshop organized by FRLHT, Bangalore. February 2006.
  • Characteristics of Honey Resources in a Tropical Forest: Productivity and Long term monitoring of bee colonies in BiligiriRangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, Southern India. Siddappa Setty, Nitin Rai and Kamal Bawa at ARCS 2006, annual research and conservation seminar.
  • Participatory Resource Monitoring in BiligiriRangaswamy Temple wildlife sanctuary, at Pondicherri. Workshop on conservation of Non-timber forest products. Organized by Key stone, from 28th to 30th November 2005.
  • Biodiversity conservation with special reference to Non timber forest products of BiligiriRangaswamy Temple wildlife sanctuary in India, at university of Hawaii at Honolulu USA. September 2005.
  • 2nd National Conference of the Western Ghats Forum Integrating Science and Management of Biodiversity in the western ghats at State Forest Service College, Coimbatore. Oral presentation on; Participatory resource monitoring in Biligirirangan Hills wildlife sanctuary, 1-2 December 2005
  • International conference on Indigenous Indic Traditions in forestry: Lessons for contemporary Sustainable forest Management. in forest management presented paper on Participatory Resource monitoring in BRT Wild life Sanctuary Bhopal, 8-10 February 2001.
  • Participatory resource monitoring for NTFPs in BRT Wild life Sanctuary, Karnataka presented in the National conference on Sustainable management of NTFPs in Trivanddrum, Kerala held on 25th May 2000.
  • "Participatory Resource Monitoring By Soliga Tribes at B R Hills. Karnataka" was made at the session on: The Barefoot Scientist" at International conference: 6th World Wilderness Congress at Bangalore, India at Ashoka Hotel. The call for the sustainable future. 24th - 29th October 1998.    
  • III Congress of IUSSI-India Chapter March 1998 Diversity of Social Insects and other Athropods and the functioning of Ecosystem at college of Horticulture. Mudigere (Western ghats) 1998.
  • Participatory approaches case study; as resource person in Certificatory Training Course on Biodiversity Conservation Project and Participatory resource monitoring by Soliga Tribes at B R Hills, at Kinabalu Park at Malaysia 1998.       
  •  Participatory Resource Monitoring on Phyllanthusemblica and rock bee by Soliga tribes at B.R.Hills Wild Life Sanctuary, at Certificatory Training Course in Applied Ethnobotany, Kinabalu Park, Sabah, Malaysia 1998.
  • Extraction of rock bee honey by Soliga tribes in B. R. Hills, paper presented at National Conference on Apiculture, First Karnataka Honey Festival at Bangalore 1997.
  • Conservation and Sustainable use of rock bee (Apisdorsata) honey by Soligas tribes in Biligirirangaswamy Temple wildlife sanctuary, Avalanche Series Symposium held at Kaivara, Kolar (District) India 1997.
  • Salim Ali Centenary Symposium; Western GhatesBio-diversity and Discussion meeting held at India Institute of Science, Bangalore 1996.
  • Participated in three days workshop on Participatory Resource Mapping technique held at Biligirirangaswamy Temple wildlife sanctuary organized by Tata Energy Research Institute, Bangalore 1996.

Team Members:

  1. Madegowda C   https://www.atree.org/users/dr-c-made-gowda
  2. Harisha R P       https://www.atree.org/users/harisha-r-p

Current PhD students:

  1. Mrs. Roshni Kutty (ATREE/Manipal University)
  2. Ms. Neyi Jamoh (ATREE/Manipal University)
  3. Ms. Prachi Kardam (ATREE/Manipal University)
  4. Ms. Jintu S Vijayan (ATREE/Manipal University)
  5. Ms. Smrity Ramavarapu (DAC, University of Hawaii)
  6. Mr. Jagannatha Rao (TDU)

Graduated (As Co guide):

  1. Dr. Nadur L. Naveena (University of Agriculture science, Bangalore)
  2. Dr. Soumya Kori (Rhodes University South Africa)

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Journal Articles

Harisha, P., Gowthami, R., & Siddappa Setty, R. 2021 Vocal to local: indigenous dietary practices and diversity of wild food plants in Malai Mahadeswara wildlife sanctuary, South India Ethnobotany Research and Applications, 22, 1–27. Retrieved from https://ethnobotanyjournal.org/index.php/era/article/view/2949
Nitin D. Rai, M. Soubadra Devy, T. Ganesh, R. Ganesan, Siddappa R. Setty, Ankila J. Hiremath, Sarala Khaling, Priyadarsanan Dharma Rajan 2021 Beyond fortress conservation: The long-term integration of natural and social science research for an inclusive conservation practice in India Volume 254, February 2021, 108888, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108888

Book Chapters

Ravikanth G, Siddappa S, Harisha, R. P, Madegowda C and Venkata Naidu , 2019 , Honey and Gooseberry-Non-timber forest products: economic valuation and conservation challenges. In: Economic valuation of potential Bioresources for Access and Benefit Sharing. , Economic valuation of bio-resources from select ecosystems.
Mallegowda, P., Ganesan, R., Siddappa Setty , 2018 , Prioritizing native plant species for eco-restoration of degraded wildlife corridor in dry tropical forest of south India. , In Shibata, A. (Eds.), Vegetation. Intech Publishers, Croatia. Pages, 101-127.
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Paramesh Gowda

  • Assistant Professor, Botany, St. Joseph's College
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Prachi Kardam

  • Ph.D. Student
  • Forests & Governance

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