ATREE@25

The two-day event under the broad theme ‘Life and Lives’ will have sessions on Naturescapes, Urbanscapes and Waterscapes.
The programme will be a combination of technical talks, stimulating discussions, café-style debates, panel discussions, fascinating films and a cultural programme.

Please click here to register for the event.
(Welcome kit will be given to the first 500 registrations)

08:30 - 9:45 AM  Registration and Tea/Coffee 
10:00 - 10:15 AM Welcome Note - G Ravikanth, ATREE 

 

10:15 - 10:35 AM Reflections on 25 years of Conservation Science
Asmita Sengupta in conversation with:
Kamaljit S Bawa, Founder-President & Chair, ATREE
KN Ganeshaiah, BoT, ATREE
R Uma Shaanker, BoT, ATREE
10:35 - 10:40 AM

Book Release: by KN Ganeshaiah
Dryland Trees of Karnataka
Ullam: A book for school students around Vembanad to know the life and lives around them by  Maneeja Murali & Priyadarsanan Dharma Rajan

10:45 - 12:30 AM

Creating Knowledge for Sustainable & Equitable Development

  Keynote Address - Sharachchandra Lele, ATREE
"Bridging Disciplines, Bridging Roles: Inter-and trans-disciplinary challenges in environmental research"
  Panel Discussion:
"Knowledge-for-change: ATREE's quest for rigour with salience” 
Moderator: Sharachchandra Lele
Svati Bhogle, Sustaintech India Private Limited, Clean Energy Access Network
Jai Asundi, CSTEP
Seema Purushothaman, APU
12:30 - 1:00 PM Lunch 
01:00 - 1:30 PM Plenary: Naturescape - Nitin Sekar, WWF-India
"Why do we conserve species that kill people?"
1:35 - 3:30 PM Naturescapes showcase
1:35 - 1:50 PM Mahesh Sankaran, NCBS
“Shola-grassland mosaics: past, present and future”
1:55 - 2:10 PM

T Ganesh, ATREE 

Film- Rainforest Dynamics in a Changing World  (2 min)
"Tri-decadal phenology monitoring of evergreen forest trees: some insights and challenges"

2:15 - 2:30 PM Sarala Khaling, ATREE
"Place based solutions for biodiversity conservation in the hills & mountains of Eastern Himalaya: Emerging & Evolving Stories"
2:35 - 2:50 PM

Priyadarsanan Dharmarajan, ATREE

Film- Edible Insects (1 min)
“Yuk to Yum! Edible insects as future food”

2:55 - 3:30 PM

Rendezvous with Umesh Srinivasan, IISc

“Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation and sustainable use and averting the current biodiversity crisis”
Prabhakar Priyadarshi, IFS, DCF, Bannergatta National Park 
Marianne Manuel, Dakshin Foundation
Nachiket Kelkar, Wildlife Conservation Trust 

3:30 - 3:35 PM Book release by Prabhakar Priyadarshi

Invasion of plants and animals in India: Why are some species found everywhere; and why does it matter?
by Chetan Misher, Ankila Hiremath, Milind Bunyan

3:35 - 3:50 PM Tea/ Coffee 
3:50 - 4:15 PM  Academy Showcase - Siddhartha Krishnan, ATREE
4:15 - 4:30 PM Announcement - Ms. Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, Co-founder & Director, EkStep Foundation
4:30 - 5:30 PM

Checklist of India's Plants

Conversations
Moderator: R Ganesan, Senior Fellow, ATREE

KN Ganeshaiah, School of Ecology and Conservation, University of Agricultural Sciences
Suri Sehgal, S M Sehgal Foundation (Online)
Peter H. Raven, Missouri Botanical Garden (Online)
Kanchi N. Gandhi, Harvard University Herbaria & Libraries (Online)

Book Release
KN Ganeshaiah, School of Ecology and Conservation, University of Agricultural Sciences
Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies; Co-founder & Director, EkStep Foundation
Kamaljit S Bawa, Founder-President & Chair, ATREE
P. Balaram, Co-Chair, ATREE, Former Director, IISc Bangalore
M Sanjappa, Emeritus Scientist, University of Agricultural Sciences

Portal Launch
K. VijayRaghavan, Former Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India

Reflections
Kailash BR, ATREE
Srikanta, eKisaan

5:45 - 6:45 PM

Cultural programme from our Community Conservation Centre landscapes

Villupaattu: Tirunelveli has a unique Villisai style that is very popular in temple festivals. Vil, kudam, udukkai, chalra, and kattai are the five key instruments in a traditional villupaattu performance. The pulavar or the lead singer narrates the story of the deity with songs while playing the villu (bow) with a veesu koal (a stick) that helps the bells on the bow to chime.
Introduction: M. Mathivanan

Kaniyan Koothu: Kaniyan Koothu is performed exclusively by the Kaniyan tribe from the southern districts of Tamil Nadu during temple festivals. Their performance has evolved in praise of Sudalai Madan and Amman deities found in many forms along the banks of Tamiraparani. Two men in the guise of women dance vigorously to the rhythm of ‘magudam,’ a specialised percussion instrument, and clash cymbals.
Introduction: M. Mathivanan

Chavittu Nadakam: Chavittu Nadakam is a highly colorful Latin Christian classical art form originated in Ernakulam, Kerala, India. Fort Kochi is commonly believed to be the birthplace of Chavittu Nadakam. It is noted for its attractive make-up of characters, their elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the rhythmic playback music and complementary percussion. This art form highly resembles a European opera.
Introduction: Geetha Wilson

Gorukana: The Solega Pantheon includes numerous Gods, Goddesses, warrior beings, and deities associated with waterfalls and sacred rocks. At the time of the important Roti (bread) festival, the Solega dance the Gorukana that includes verses on numerous subjects including birds, rain, Gods and Goddesses, honey bees, and  animals such as gaurs, tigers, elephants and bears. 'Goru goru' represents the sound of the wind blowing through the forests of the Biligiriranga Hills. 'Kana' is the Solega word for evergreen forest.
Introduction: Made Gowda

 
8:30 - 9:00 AM  Registration and Tea/Coffee 
9:00 - 9:05 AM

Welcome Note - Vamsidhar Pothula, ATREE

9:05 - 9:35 AM Plenary: Urbanscapes - Anne Feenstra, Principal Designer, Himalayan Architecture & Planning
"Urban Equipoise -the search for better balanced and healthier urbanscapes through scenario-thinking"
9:35 - 9:40 AM Film - Solutions to reuse wastewater for greening, construction and recharge
9:40 - 11:30 PM Urbanscapes Showcase
9:40 - 9:55 AM Chandni Singh, Indian Institute for Human Settlements
"Growing Cities: Farmscapes across Rural and Urban India"
10.00 - 10:15 AM Shreya Nath, ATREE-CSEI
"Interlinkages between Blue-Green-Grey Infrastructure"
10:20 - 10:35 AM Chethana Casiker, ATREE
"Bees and cities – is there a win-win?"
10:40 - 10:55 AM Anindya Sinha, NIAS 
"Becoming and Being Urban: Reflections on Nonhuman Urbanisation"
10:55 - 11:30 PM

Rendezvous with Anindya Sinha

“Moving towards sustainability in urbanscapes”
Annapurna Kamath, Satya Foundation
Chandni Singh, IIHS
HS Sudhira, Gubbi Labs
Rinan Shah, ATREE

11:30 - 11:55 PM R.Uma Shaanker in conversation with former directors
12:00 - 12:30 PM Plenary: Waterscapes – Dipak Gyawali, Pragya, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology & Former Minister of Water Resources of Nepal
“Stressed and Insulted Waterscapes: Countering Mal-Development and Climate Change through the Nexus Approach”
12:35 - 12:40 PM Film: Testing Still Waters 
12:40 - 1:10 PM Lunch 
1:10 - 2:45 PM Waterscapes Showcase
1:10 - 1:25 PM Sumit Sen, IIT Roorkee
"Viewing water pathways from the HILLTOP: Himalayan Instrumentation Laboratory and Long-term Observation Program"
1:30 - 1:45 PM Priyanka Jamwal, ATREE
“Water circularity at rural schools: Insights from Berambadi, India”
1:50 - 2:05 PM Siddhartha Krishnan, ATREE
"The Environmental Injustice of Living and Leaving- Restoring Chennai's Cooum and Adyar Rivers"
2:05 - 2:40 PM

Rendezvous with Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Indian Institute for Human Settlements

Vishnu Venugopal, IAS, District collector, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
Priyanka Jamwal, ATREE 
Sneha Shahi, ATREE
Siddhartha Krishnan, ATREE

2:40- 3:10 PM

Siang Valley expedition

Film- Highlights of Siang (1 min)

Sandesh Kadur in conversation with:
Rajkamal Goswami, ATREE
Aravind Madhyastha, ATREE
Rengaian Ganesan, ATREE
Priyadarsanan Dharmarajan, ATREE
Jagdish Krishnaswamy, IIHS
Vivek Ramachandran, NCBS
Priya Singh, Felis
Nilanjan Mukherjee, Felis

3:10 - 3:15 PM

Book release by
Sandesh Kadur
Snakes and Lizards of the Sky Islands of the Western Ghats
by Deepak V, Surya Narayanan, Sandeep Das, Rajkumar KP, Saunak Pal, Jason D Ferard & David J Gower

3:20 - 3:30 PM Tea/ Coffee Break 
3:30 - 5:00 PM

Cafe Controversial
Note: Pre-registration is mandatory to participate in these discussions.

Café Compassion:  To feed or not to feed animals?
Should people feed animals that are not directly under their care? Every year, people spend crores of rupees buying tonnes of food exclusively to feed animals, either as an act of charity, devotion or for compassionate reasons. Is this feeding good for the animals themselves? Are there both societal and ecological costs? Who benefits, who loses? Should feeding be banned or, is it our constitutional duty? Listen to our panellists dive deep into this controversial topic, that is bound to generate a lot of heat!
Moderator: Neha Panchamia, RESQ Charitable Trust
Speakers: Abi Vanak, ATREE; Nandita Subbarao, Civic Welfarist

Cafe Vriksha:  To plant or not to plant trees?
Many environmental movements have succeeded in invoking public consciousness for protecting forests, reviving rivers or restoring soils which have also triggered critical scientific and public policy attention. However, some recent restoration initiatives involving mass tree planting have gained immense popularity but they are scientifically flawed. Our forests, soils and river flows have been depleting and efforts to restore these are necessary - but with rigorous scientific enquiry suited for each type of agro-ecological condition. So is planting trees always the right way forward?
Moderator: Shrinivas Badiger, ATREE
Speakers: Anand M Osuri, NCF; Jayashree Ratnam, NCBS; Durgesh Agrahari, SayTrees

Cafe Organic:  To turn or not to turn organic?
Critics argue that organic agriculture is inefficient, requiring more land than conventional al agriculture to yield the same amount of food. Proponents have countered that increasing research could reduce the yield gap, and organic agriculture generates environmental, health and socioeconomic co-benefits. Further, large monoculture agriculture is vulnerable to pests in a way that integrated organic farms aren't and will lead us down a path of an escalating battle against nature that we will eventually lose.
Moderator: Veena Srinivasan, ATREE
Speakers:  Kavitha Kuruganti, ASHA Kisan Swaraj Network; KM Sreekumar, Kerala Agricultural University; Nirmalya Chatterjee, ATREE

5:00-6:00 PM Panel Discussion: Topic "What lies ahead? Challenges and opportunities for Samaj, Sarkar and Bazaar"
Ms. Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, Co-founder & Director, EkStep Foundation (Moderator)
K. VijayRaghavan, Former Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India
Harini Nagendra, APU
Shloka Nath, Tata Trusts
6:00-6:15 PM

Closing Remarks - Vote of thanks 
Soubadra Devy
Jaya Peter
Asmita Sengupta

6:15 - 6:45 PM  Networking during Tea/Coffee 

Please click here to register for the event.