The “Grassland Problem”: Workshop on Policy Engagement Strategies


The Centre for Biodiversity & Conservation at ATREE organised a one-day workshop to build a collaborative policy engagement strategy for grasslands. The workshop brought together scientists, lawyers, policy experts, and others working on grasslands to identify policy influencing objectives and policy actors to engage with, at national and sub-national levels. The workshop helped in developing communication and other policy engagement activities concerning each policy actor, along with identifiable goals, timelines, and review mechanisms.

Tamiraparani Waterbird Count 2018

The 8th edition of Tamiraparani Waterbird Count (TWC) was held from January 25-28, 2018. Over 70 volunteers participated in the annual event which was conducted across 50 tanks in Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Kanyakumari and Ramanathapuram districts. Local birds like Egrets, Cormorants, Coots, Stilts were spotted in good numbers as compared to the previous years. Birds like Spot-billed Duck, Common Coot, White Breasted Water Hen and Indian Moorhen were also spotted at various locations. TWC has become an annual tradition for citizen science volunteers among the local communities. The data they collect enables ATREE and other conservation partners to assess the status of birds and habitats relevant to conservation of wetland birds.

Faculty from Department of Environmental and Life Sciences, Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan, visits ATREE

The Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation at ATREE recently hosted a group of faculty from the Department of Environment and Life Sciences, Sherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan in Eastern Bhutan. Keen on learning about ATREE’s work and ongoing research in ecology and conservation, the group attended a work seminar in Bangalore and later travelled to three of ATREE’s long-term Community Conservation Centres - BRT, Vembanad, and KMTR. At each of these locations, ATREE conducted a series of lectures and field visits for the faculty. The short field course weaved together place-based ecology and conservation, drawing upon ATREE’s ongoing long-term work in these field locations.
In the News (The Hindu, January 17, 2018) (The News Minute, January 19, 2018) (The Scroll, January 24, 2018) (Nature, January 24, 2018)
(Your Story, January 24, 2018) (The News Minute, January 25, 2018)  (The Hindu, January 27, 2018)  (The News Minute, January 30, 2018)
(The Deccan Herald, January 31, 2018)

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