EARLIER EVENTS :: 2013 :: Workshops

Freshwater Conservation Biology: Concepts and Techniques

Presented by Robin Abraham, Tarun Nair, Vidyadhar Atkore, & Nachiket Kelkar

SCCS-Bangalore, Workshop Outline – 25th Sep 2013. All sessions include 5 minutes for Q & A

RA = Robin Abraham, TN = Tarun Nair, VA = Vidyadhar Atkore, NK = Nachiket Kelkar

Handouts will be provided to participants with details of each session and relevant readings and bibliography will also be provided. Everything will be sent by email after the workshop.

 

S. No.

Topical Session

Description

Instructor/ Coordinator

Time allotted

1

Freshwater ecosystems: global importance, structure and function

The world’s freshwater environments, river ecosystem processes, flow and flood regimes, basic hydrology and geomorphology

RA

30 mins

(0900 – 0930)

2

Discussion 1

Relevant freshwater habitats around your field site: their conservation importance, biodiversity, importance for your subject, linking terrestrial questions to freshwater systems around you, what difficulties you have faced in planning ecological studies?

All

35 mins

(0930-1005)

 

3

Unifying conceptual frameworks to think about riverine ecosystems and studying them

Rivers and wetlands: description of ecological processes, ecological similarities and comparisons with terrestrial systems, Concepts of scale, hierarchy and dynamism

NK

30 mins (1005-1035)

4

Basic field techniques: Hydrology and biophysical parameters

Freshwater habitat covariates, metrics of river health and condition, landscape variables

VA, TN

25 mins

(1035-1100)

5

Freshwater systems in the real world: Interactive Session

Threats facing freshwater: Dams and other flood control structures, flow alterations, channel stabilization and channelization, industries, agriculture, mining, loss of habitats, invasive species, fisheries collapse.

 

Need to understand river ecosystem alterations for conceptualizing ecological studies, shifting baselines, landscape history.

TN, RA with inputs from others

 

50 mins

 (1100-1120 and 1130-1150)

 

including 10-minute tea break

6

Freshwater biodiversity overview

Overview of plants and invertebrate community diversity, ecology and threats

RA, VA, NK

25 mins (1150-1215)

7

Freshwater Biodiversity (1)

Fishes, Amphibians:  diversity, ecology, field research techniques, interesting questions to answer

VA, RA

35 mins

(1215-1250)

Lunch Break                       1300-1400

8

Freshwater Biodiversity (2)

Crocodilians and Turtles:  diversity, ecology, field research techniques, interesting questions to answer

TN

35 mins

(1400-1435)

9

Freshwater Biodiversity (3)

Birds, Otters, River dolphins, other mammals:  diversity, ecology, field research techniques, interesting questions to answer

NK

30 mins

(1435-1505)

10

Socio-economic and cultural aspects of the use and conservation of freshwater ecosystems

How does human dependence on river systems conflict and coexist with species conservation and ecosystem dynamics? Issues of water sharing, equity, politics, resource access and livelihood rights

NK, TN, VA

30 mins

(1505-1535)

11

Discussion 2

Overview of workshop and concluding discussion, questions and answers

All

20 mins (1535-1555)