TN Khoshoo Memorial Award and Lecture 2018
ATREE presents the 15th edition of the annual TN Khoshoo Memorial Award and Lecture. Instituted in the memory of  Dr. Triloki Nath Khoshoo, Environmental Scientist, Former Secretary to the Department of Environment, GoI, and Founder-Trustee of ATREE, the award recognizes the distinguished contribution of a mid-career academician or a practitioner with respect to conservation and sustainable development.The award is also designed to inspire and encourage other emerging scientists. 

Taking the tradition forward, this year, the TN Khoshoo Memorial Award 2018 will celebrate and honour `Women in Sustainability’ and will be followed by a panel discussion on `Women and Sustainable Development.'

At ATREE, we work towards generating rigorous interdisciplinary knowledge for achieving environmental conservation and sustainable development along with enabling the use of this knowledge by society. This year's event will highlight the role of women as knowledge generators and sustainability leaders and recognize their efforts in creating a positive change towards a sustainable future.
ATREE's NTFP value addition unit's outlet opens in Mysore Zoo.

ATREE's NTFP value addition unit's outlet, under a USAID project, was inaugurated at the Mysore Zoo recently.The outlet is a step towards promoting sustainable use of forest resources  and enhancing livelihoods of the Soligas.

The outlet was inaugurated by B. P. Ravi, Member Secretary of Karnataka Zoo Authority, Ajith, Executive Director of Mysore Zoo, Nagaraj, Assistant Conservator of Forest, BRT Tiger Reserve, and Madamma, President of the Decentralized Processing Unit, BRT.

The outlet was opened in collaboration with Karnataka Zoo Authority, Karnataka Forest Development, LAMPS, District Soliga Abhivrudhi Sangha and Taluk Soliga Abhivrudhi Sangha.

ATREE  at the 2018 ESP Asia Conference 
ATREE'S Chethana.V. Casiker was part of the 2018 ESP Asia Conference held in Dehradun recently. The theme of the conference was 'Communicating and Engaging Ecosystem Services in Policy and Practice in Asia'. Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) was launched in 2008 by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont, USA  and is now being coordinated by the Foundation for Sustainable Development, Wageningen, in the Netherlands.

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) aims to enhance communication, coordination and cooperation, and to build a strong network of individuals and organizations working in the realm of ecosystem services.

In the session on 'Integrating ecosystems and their services in peri-urban planning and policy in Bengaluru', Chethana presented a talk on - 'Can the current trends of urbanization in Bangalore support pollination services?'.  The talk focused on pollinator ecology in urban landscapes.
ATREE at the third International Conference on Mountains in the Changing World
ATREE Senior Fellow, Jagdish Krishnaswamy, was at the third international conference on Mountains in the Changing World (MoChWo), 2018, held at Kathmandu, Nepal. He gave the keynote lecture on - 'Climate and global change in the Himalayas: An ecological perspective'.

In his talk, he reviewed the evidence on ongoing changes in the Himalayas due to multiple drivers and its impacts on forests, water resources and aquatic ecosystems. The talk looked at changes including episodes of browning in forests due to warming induced moisture stress, shifts in species composition and loss of aquatic connectivity. He also highlighted how changes in precipitation and moisture regime, including events of highly intense rain, increased the hazards to both natural and managed ecosystems. 
He emphasized on the need for development  paradigms to recognize ecological and geophysical limits to be able to provide meaningful options for mitigation and adaptation in the coming decades.

  ATREE at the fourth annual meeting of FLARE

Divya Gupta, a postdoctoral fellow at ATREE, recently presented at the fourth annual meeting of FLARE (Forests & Livelihoods: Assessment, Research, and Engagement) in Copenhagen, Denmark.  She spoke about - 'Democratic Decentralization Process in Forest Governance for Attaining Resource and Livelihood Sustainability: Analyzing Roles of Civil Society Organizations in the Implementation of India’s Forest Rights Act, 2006'. 

FLARE brings together an eclectic group of people ranging from prominent research scholars, PhD students, NGO personnel, and representatives from research organizations, working towards developing ways to improving forest sustainability and livelihoods around the world. This year’s conference featured 136 presentations by participants from over 35 countries covering issues related to land-use change, land degradation, equity, justice, food security, politics, economics, and development. 

Training programme on Adapting to Climate Change
A two-week training programme on -' Adapting to Climate Change: A Focus on Biodiversity in the Eastern Himalayas' was attended by 23 participants, representing all eight Northeastern states. The participants were predominantly post-graduate students from backgrounds like botany, zoology, ecology and social sciences. Resource persons included faculty from ATREE, Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), experts from Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), and NERIST (North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology).

The programme took place at Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills, Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh from October 22nd to November 3rd, 2018. The first week comprised lectures, talks and discussions on a variety of topics relevant to the theme of the training programme. The second week was dedicated to mini-projects, wherein the participants were divided into four groups, with each group focusing on one overarching research method (wildlife surveys, vegetation surveys and socio-economic surveys) in field sites in Arunachal Pradesh. 

The programme concluded with a valedictory session presided over by the Hon'ble Governor, Brig. (Dr) B. D. Mishra (Retd.) and the Vice Chancellor of RGU, Dr Saket Kushwaha.
ATREE part of initiative to save Ennore Creek
ATREE Fellow, Jagdish Krishnaswamy was part of a group of environmental activists, scientists and fisherfolk invited by environment activist, Nityanand Jayaraman, based in Chennai to visit the Ennore industrial area to take stock of the pollution caused due to TANGEDCO's leaky coal ash pipelines and ash dykes.

This event was organized by the Save Ennore Creek Campaign in association with the Coastal Resource Centre, Chennai and Ennore Fisherfolk. Dr. Jagdish also addressed a press conference and a seminar titled 'Natural Events; National Disasters' at Madras Institute of Developmental Studies along with other invitees and Ennore fisherfolk, urging for immediate action to restore the hydrological services of the Ennore Creek Wetlands.
Nurturing a Shift towards Equitable Valuation
EQUIVAL is a multi-partner research project funded by Future Earth and led by Basque Centre for Climate Change with National University of Mexico. ATREE, as one of the partners, hosted the final meeting of the research team in Bengaluru between October 3rd to October 5th, 2018.

The meeting involved finalisation of the meta-analysis of eleven case studies (including two contributed by ATREE from Odisha and Darjeeling) and the development of a long-term research proposal. Participants included Unai Pascual from the Basque Centre for Climate Change, Patricia Balvanera  from the National University of Mexico, Sandra Diaz from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina and Co-Chair of the IPBES Global Assessment, Meine van Noordwijk from CIFOR, and collaborators who contributed case studies from Colombia, Mexico, Kenya, Tanzania, Indonesia, Argentina, South Africa and India. The meeting was organized by Sharachchandra Lele (Forests & Governance programme), Soubadra Devy and Siddhartha Krishnan (Ecosystem Services programme) from ATREE.
ATREE at the International workshop on Innovations in International Climate Development and conference on the IPCC Special Report 

ATREE Fellow, Shikha Lakhanpal, participated in an international workshop on 'Innovations in International Climate Development' organized by the School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University Bloomington on October 5th and October 6th, 2018. She presented her research paper on India's Nationally Determined Contributions to Paris Climate Agreement. 

Shikha Lakhanpal also participated in a conference on- 'The IPCC Special report on 1.5 degrees celsius - Significance and Implications' jointly organized by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and TERI held in New Delhi on October 15th, 2018. She participated in the discussion regarding the significance of the new IPCC report for India and the challenges ahead with respect to climate change within the Indian context. 
ATREE at Geo for Good User Summit 2018
Shiva Subramanya, Web and Database coordinator at ATREE, who is also a Google Outreach Network Trainer, was at the Geo for Good User Summit, 2018  held at Google in Sunnyvale, California, USA  from October 1st to October 4th, 2018. The Geo for Good User Summit also entailed a training workshop for mapping and technology specialists in nonprofits. Participants got to learn and exchange ideas and use cases on practical mapping tools such as Google Earth, Google Maps, ODK suite of tools, and Google Earth Engine. Organizations use these tools to collect, host, analyze, visualize, and publish map data. 

Shiva not only participated in the workshop but also collaborated with the Google outreach team in coordination with other trainers to work on use cases for Google's mapping and data tools. He also made a partner panel presentation at the event on - 'Bengaluru Citizens Lake Monitoring System' based on the ODK use case for ATREE's Bengaluru lake dashboard project.
ATREE at Tata Institute Of Social Sciences
ATREE Fellow, Siddhartha Krishnan was, invited to give a lecture on October 9th, 2018 in a training course for IFS officers on ‘Developing Emotional Intelligence or Effective, Efficient, and Sensitive Forest Administration’ organized by the School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance, TISS, Mumbai. He spoke on ‘Humanitarian Concerns in Forest Administration: Empathy, Sympathy and the Community’.
Panel discussion on Nature's Contributions to People at ATREE

ATREE organized a panel discussion on - 'Valuing Nature's Contributions to People- The IPBES Approach' recently. The panelists included Unai Pascual from the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Sandra Diaz from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, and Patricia Balvanera from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico.
Students of Guru Nanak College at ATREE
Students of the botany department from Guru Nanak College, Chennai visited ATREE recently. ATREE fellow, Aravind Madhyastha, gave a talk broadly outlining our research and PhD scholar, Sandeep Sen, explained the functions and obejectives of our Conservation Genetics lab to the students.
Lead author for the IPBES Values Assessment
We are very happy to share that Sharachchandra Lele, Distinguished Fellow at ATREE, has been nominated by the Government of India as a Lead Author for the IPBES Values Assessment (or more specifically: 'Methodological assessment regarding the diverse conceptualization of multiple values of nature and its benefits' by the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services). 
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