Student Conference on Conservation Science – Bengaluru-2010

WEDNESDAY 16 JUNE 2010

09:00–10:00 Registration

10:00–10:30 Inauguration

10:30–11:30 Plenary talk 1:Ruth DeFries: Linkages between Protected Areas and their surroundings in India’s human-dominated landscapes

11:30–12:00 Refreshments

12:00–13:30 Session I: Conservation Biology (Chair: Prithiviraj Fernando)

  • Eleni Foui: Bat communities in a highly fragmented landscape in Anamalai Hills, Western Ghats
  • A.B.M Sarowar Alam: Gharials in Bangladesh: Present status and conservation initiatives
  • Anoop Das: Are butterflies reliable indicators for habitat quality? A case study from a tropical rainforest of Western Ghats, India
  • Rohit Naniwadekar:Impacts of logging and hunting on hornbills in tropical forests of North-East India

13:30–14:30 Lunch and poster set–up
14:30–16:00 Panel discussions and workshops

  • Panel Discussion 1: Should conservation limit its focus to protected areas, or should it equally consider areas outside, including production landscapes?
  • Workshop A: Elements of good study design in ecology
  • Workshop B: Applying genetic techniques to conservation

16:00–16:30 Refreshments

16:30–18:00 Who’s Who In Conservation

18:00–19:00 Plenary talk 2: Rom Whitaker : Conservation tools to fix the planet: do we know what they are and are we using them correctly?
19:00–21:00 Dinner at IISC Guesthouse Lawns

THURSDAY 17 JUNE 2010

09:00–09:30 Registration

09:30–10:30 Plenary talk 3: Harini Nagendra: Conservation in forests and cities: challenges of collective action

10:30–11:00 Refreshments

11:00–12:30 Session II: Conservation and Human Communities (Chair: Asmita Kabra)

  • Vikram Aditya: A study of the community forest management programme (CFM) in reserve forests of Anantagiri hills near Vikarabad, Andhra Pradesh, and their impacts on the forest biodiversity
  • Carla Monoy: Gathering local knowledge in quantifying local pressures on the Calayan Rail (Gallirallus calayanensis)
  • Arijit Chatterjee: Study of wildlife in non-forest rural ecosystem of West Bengal
  • Poorna Balaji: Implications of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 on conservation and livelihoods of Kattunaikka and Kuruma Tribes in Muthanga Forest Range, Noolpuzha Panchayat, Wayanad, Kerala

12:30–13:30 Lunch and Poster session

13:30–15:00 Session III: Mammal conservation (Chair: Mewa Singh)

  • Kamal Azad: Estimating the density of Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) and its prey animals and preferences of prey by tigers in Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park, Assam
  • Khanchai Prasanai: Ecology of Rehabilitated Hog Deer (Axis porcinus) in Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary, Chaiyaphum Province
  • Meghna Agarwala>: Habitat selection by wolves in agricultural landscapes in Solapur, Maharashtra
  • Girish Punjabi: Den site selection in the Indian fox Vulpes bengalensis in a human dominated dry grassland ecosystem in Central India

15:00–15:30 Refreshments

15:30–16:30 Session IV: Landscape Ecology (Chair: Jagdish Krishnaswamy)

  • Imesh Nuwan Bandara: Effect of unsuitable land-use patterns on freshwater ichthyofaunal diversity. A case study from Deraniyagala, Sri Lanka
  • Nanaya Konerira: Linking management, ecosystem services and landscape patterns in a coffee agroforestry landscape
  • Sathish B N: Prioritization of conservation areas in the tropical wet evergreen forests of Western Ghats: fragile landscapes

16:30–18:00 Panel discussions and workshops

  • Panel Discussion 2: Conservation targets: should we focus on species, ecosystems or services?
  • Workshop C: Conservation and livelihoods: getting down to earth
  • Workshop D: How to get a job in conservation

19:00–21:00 Dinner at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS). Transport is arranged leaving the JN Tata Auditorium at 18:15, and returning from NCBS at 21:15.

FRIDAY 18 JUNE 2010

08:30–09:00 Registration

09:00–10:00 Plenary talk 4: Rhys Green: The race to save Asia’s vultures from extinction

10:00–11:00 Session V: Species Interactions (Chair: Asad Rahmani)

  • Ruchira Somaweera: Impact of cane toads (Bufo marinus) on Freshwater crocodiles (Crocodylus johnstoni) at Lake Argyle, Western Australia
  • V P Praveen: Predation of Excoecaria seedlings by the crab Sesarmops intermedius: lessons for mangrove afforestation
  • Shivani Jadeja: Differential dispersal of an invasive,Prosopis juliflora (mesquite), by different social groups of a native ungulate,Antilope cervicapra (blackbuck)

11:00–11:30 Refreshments

11:30–13:00 Panel discussions and workshops

  • Panel discussion 3: Human-wildlife conflict: gaps in our understanding
  • Workshop E: Where and how to apply for funds for your conservation research
  • Workshop F: Introduction to GIS using open-source tools

13:00–14:00 Lunch and Poster session

14:00–15:00  Session VI: Conservation Genetics (Chair: Praveen Karanth)

  • Swapnil Gaikwad: DNA barcode for species identification: its implementation in conservation
  • Debapriyo Chakraborty: Population genetic structure and recent bottlenecks in a wild, high-altitude macaque: strong effects of geography and anthropogenic factors
  • Mohan Kumar: Population genetic structure and gene flow studies of fragmented populations of Dysoxylum binectariferum an economically important species of Western Ghats India

15:00–15:30 Conclusion

15:30–16:00 Refreshments

PANEL DISCUSSIONS:

01. 16 June. Should conservation limit its focus to protected areas, or should it equally consider areas outside, including production landscapes? Panel: MD Madhusudan (NCF, Mysore), K Ullas Karanth (WCS, Bangalore), TR Shankar Raman (NCF, Mysore), Prithviraj Fernando (CCL, Sri Lanka)Summary: What scientific foundations and practical compulsions have shaped the different approaches to conservation described in the title? How effective have they been in conserving species and ecosystems in the short-term and the long-term? What are the social, economic and political fall-outs of their implementation, and how do they influence our ability to pursue these approaches into the future? And finally, given that the practice of conservation is about prioritising the use of scarce resources and efforts, to what extent are these approaches in conflict with each other, and hence undermining conservation? How, if at all, can they be made truly complementary in practice?

02. 17 June. Conservation targets: should we focus on species, ecosystems or services?Panel: Jagdish Krishnaswamy (ATREE, Bangalore), Mahesh Sankaran (NCBS, Bangalore), R. Sukumar (IISc, Bangalore)Summary: This workshop will focus on new paradigms about prioritizing conservation of species, ecosystems and ecosystem functions at the landscape scale. It will discuss the conceptual, spatial, temporal synergies and trade-offs between biodiversity and different regulatory and provisioning ecosystem services and the challenges this poses for conservation and management of landscapes for multiple stake-holders.

03. 18 June. Human-wildlife conflict: gaps in our understanding.Panel: Janaki Lenin (Draco-India, Chennai), Anindya Sinha (NIAS, Bangalore), Prithviraj Fernando (CCL, Sri Lanka), Ravi Chellam (WCS-India, Bangalore)Summary: Conflict generally occurs when large carnivores or herbivores use human landscapes. Although conflict with some species such as elephants has been studied for a long time, there are large gaps in our understanding of their foraging and movement patterns, habitat use and behaviour. There is also no clear understanding of the extent, intensity, trends and causes of conflict. In other words, there is little knowledge of the ecology of these animals outside Protected Areas, where a lot of our wildlife lives. On the other hand, we do not know what influences the degree of tolerance of people suffering loss? While it is recognized that conflict is as much about the competition for resources between man and wildlife as it is about the attitudes of local people, there is very little attention paid to the sociological aspect. There are a whole range of mitigation measures being used but little is known of their effectiveness. At this discussion, we will hear different views on all these points.