Bangalore's Lakes: What role do citizens play?

This video by the Centre for Social and Environmental Innovation (CSEI) describes the critical role citizen groups play in the protection and restoration of Bangalore's lakes. Find the full article here.

Webinar -
Water Smart: Current Challenges and Way Forward

On the occasion of Water Monitoring Day, the Agasthymalai Community Conservation Centre  (ACCC-KMTR field station) organized the webinar, "Water Smart: Current Challenges and Way Forward" on September 18, which was live streamed through ACCC's Facebook page and on Zoom.
Speakers from the webinar included Dr. Jagdish Krishnaswamy and Mridula Ramesh. The webinar was moderated by Allwin Jesudasan.

Webinar -
Biogeographic Patterns of Butterflies in the Sikkim Himalaya: What Do They Indicate?

ATREE, in association with Sikkim University and National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS) conducted a webinar on 19th September on the occasion of Big Butterfly Month India 2020. The webinar featured an online talk by Dr. Bhoj Kumar Acharya from Sikkim University as he elaborated on the topic of "Biographical patterns of butterflies in the Sikkim Himalaya: What do they indicate?".

An online policy consultation on "Western India’s Semi-Arid Grasslands and Pastoralism”.

ATREE with Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture Network organized an online policy consultation on  "Western India’s Semi-Arid Grasslands and Pastoralism” on 15th September 2020. The consultation was supported by a grant from DST SPLICE to ATREE under the project, “Adapting to and mitigation the ecological and socio-economic impacts of climate change: Training and capacity building”.

The consultation was chaired by Dr. Ashok Dalwai, CEO of the National Rainfed Area Authority. There was participation of a diverse set of stakeholders, including members of government bodies, NGOs, practitioners, researchers, and communities. The inputs of all the stakeholders would be shared in a national policy consultation next year. We’d like to thank our partners Foundation for Ecological Security, Centre for Pastoralism, Seva Mandir, Sahjeevan, and Urmul for facilitating and sharing their insights on this issue.

ATREE one of the 20 leading organizations to partner with JSAA, offering expertise in Internship Programmes

ATREE is one of the 20 leading organizations to partner with Jindal School of Art & Architecture (JSAA), an interdisciplinary school of O.P. Jindal Global University, providing its expertise in internship programmes for the students of JSAA. Find out more about the undertaking here.

Rinan Shah Part of SAMVAAD 2020 Alumni Panel

Rinan Shah, alumni from Tata Institute of Social Sciences' (TISS) Climate Change and Sustainable Studies (CCSS) 2013- 2015 batch, was a part of the alumni panel for "SAMVAAD 2020", a webinar held on 7th September by  the Regulatory Governance Students in association with Centre for Science, Technology and Society. The webinar focused on the topic "Land, Indigenous Communities and Climate Action" and was based on the United Nations Secretary General's Six Climate Positive Action.

CSEI Conducts First Learning Circle with Social Venture Partners   

The Centre for Social and Environmental Innovation (CSEI) has conducted its first Learning Circle with Social Venture Partners, to help them understand the underlying problems around lakes in Bangalore. The centre had speakers from CSEI/ATREE, Friends of Lakes, Titan CSR, and The World Bank.  CSEI aims to continue and expand the relationship with SVPs, as they contribute to both the lantana project, as well as to CSEI's lakes initiative. 

“Critical Wildlife Habitat: What is it, how should it be implemented, and how is it being pushed through?"

The Critical Wildlife Habitat (CWH) provisions are the least well understood and, till recently, completely unimplemented provisions of the Forest Rights Act 2006. A case in Mumbai High Court prompted the Maharashtra Forest Department to create CWH Expert Committees for 54 NPs/WLSs in the state, and implementation began hurriedly in mid-2019. Although implementation is now temporarily stayed by the Court, this sequence of events has raised many questions about the intent and implementation of these provisions.
Members of ATREE and Kalpavriksh now present a new report on the CWH titled "Critical Wildlife Habitat: What is it, how should it be implemented, and how is it being pushed through". The report presents the core legal provisions relating to CWH, their interpretation, and the processes that would be necessary for their proper implementation on the ground. The report also tries to identify where the ongoing process in Maharashtra has deviated from this legally implied process, and how they need to be rectified.
The report has been compiled by ATREE members Dr. Sarachchandra Lele, Atul Joshi and Shruti Mokashi, along with Kalpavriksh members Neema Pathak Broome, Akshay Chettri, and Meenal Tatpati. Find the report here.

"Envisioning a biodiversity science for sustaining human well-being"

Read the collaborative opinion piece "Envisioning a biodiversity science for sustaining human well-being" written by Kamaljit S. Bawa, Nandan Nawn, Ravi Chellam, Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Vinod Mathur, Shannon B. Olsson, Nitin Pandit, Prabhakar Rajagopal, Mahesh Sankaran, R. Uma Shaanker, Darshan Shankar, Uma Ramakrishnan, Abi Tamim Vanak, and Suhel Quader. The article outlines a  National Mission on Biodiversity and Human Well-being for India that calls for "integrating biodiversity science with human well-being" through increase in investments presented by their new framework. Read the article here.
In the News

The Third pole; 16 September, 2020

Deccan Herald; 21 September, 2020

Bangalore Mirror; 12 September, 2020

India Climate Dialogue; 16 September, 2020
Nature in freefall as world misses 2020 biodiversity goals

Hindustan Times; 10 September, 2020

Down to Earth; 7 September, 2020

Hindustan Times; 2 September, 2020

Youth Ki Awaaz; 3 September, 2020

Down to Earth, September, 2020

Vikatan, 29 September, 2020
The Arunachal Times, 6 October, 2020
Over 60 butterfly species recorded during 7th ZBM
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