ATREE at the Skoll World Forum 2018 

At the recently concluded Skoll World Forum 2018, Dr Kartik Shanker, Director ATREE, headed a delegate-led discussion on `Walking the tightrope: balancing environmental and human needs.’ The discussion was attended by other fellow delegates who deliberated on the critical challenge of reconciling conservation and development in a rapidly changing world. How do we ensure environmental justice, how do we build a broad-based environmental ethic across different sectors of society, were some of the key issues discussed by the participants.


Workshop on `climate-resilient agriculture for rural livelihood security in the Darjeeling Himalayas'

ATREE conducted a one-day assessment and planning workshop on `climate-resilient agriculture for rural livelihood Security in the Darjeeling Himalayas.’ The main objective of the workshop was to assess the ongoing transformations/transitions in agriculture - commercial and subsistence and to build a perspective on climate smart/resilient agriculture in the region. The workshop also drew participation from the agricultural department and farmers from Singalila and Senchel, among others.

The participants unanimously agreed on the need for identifying knowledge gaps on the suitability of different systems under varying future climate change scenarios and to consider climate change while planning for the rural economy.


Bangalore Sustainability Forum kicks-off its dialogue on urban water issues

ATREE experts recently, participated in a water retreat organised by the Bangalore Sustainability Forum (BSF), to exchange narratives and dialogues on water in the urban context. Different topics ranging from normative concerns in the water sector to various other themes such as groundwater, wastewater management, lakes and biodiversity of cities, access to water, consumption of water and new sources of water were discussed in breakout sessions at the retreat, resulting in rich and diverse conversations.
Led by WIPRO, BSF is an inter-institutional collaborative initiative that aims to address issues relating to the long-term sustainability of urban and peri-urban landscapes, focusing on public goods, including water, air, soil and biodiversity.

The primary objective of the forum is to provide a platform that integrates various perspectives, approaches and areas of expertise to examine issues of long-term urban sustainability. The forum comprises of both academic institutions and practitioners including the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & Environment (ATREE), Azim Premji University (APU), Biome, Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) and Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) amongst others.



Experts meet to discuss the future scenarios of the ground and surface water availability in the Cauvery Basin

In an effort to make water resources sustainable, the Ministry of Earth Sciences, India and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK have funded a project “Upscaling Catchment Processes for Sustainable Water Management in Peninsular India” (UPSCAPE). A three-year project under the ambitious Newton-Bhabha Sustaining Water Resources Programme, six institutes have come together as partners in this project. UPSCAPE, aims to integrate key insights received from its partners - Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and IISc, from India and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), the British Geological Survey (BGS), and the University of Dundee from Britain.
A consortium partners meeting was held at the Green Path hotel in Bangalore on April 18-20, 2018, to exchange ideas and discuss preliminary results on demand, land use, ground and surface water availability in the Cauvery Basin.

Sharachchandra Lélé, Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Policy & Governance, ATREE, delivered the Paul Harris Endowment Lecture on `Beyond Planting Trees and Rallying for Rivers: towards a deeper, broader and democratic environmentalism at the Indian Institute of World Culture.


Workshop for lawyers and foresters at Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve

ATREE in collaboration with Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Conservation Foundation, held a workshop on - Are Grasslands Wastelands? Scientific Inputs for Environmental Advocacy at Mundanthurai Range, Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR). The workshop was organised as part of the DST SPLICE funded project on Adapting and Mitigating Ecological and Socio-Economic Impacts of Climate Change: Training and Capacity Building.

The primary aim of the workshop was to support the lawyers and strengthen the cases which examine the critical state of grassland habitats, invasive species, and exotic plantations on grasslands by presenting the latest scientific updates on these topics to the legal fraternity.

A. Venkatesh, I. F. S., Addl., PCCF of Tiger Reserves in the Tamil Nadu Forest Department delivered the keynote address which was followed by a talk by Lajapathi Roy, a prominent lawyer from Madurai. Representatives from ATREE, including Dr Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Dr Abi T Vanak, Dr Milind Bunyan and Dr Soubadra Devy also engaged with the participating lawyers and foresters. The workshop provided a platform for interaction and exchange links between the scientific, forestry, and legal community.
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