Conservation Science

Conservation Science & Practical Management: Cooperation or Conflict?

Presented by Vidya Athreya and MD Madhusudan

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Conservation science aim to use scientific methods in order to achieve the conservation of species or ecosystems. A very important catalyst of this process in India is the Forest Department. More often than not, we hear of scientists and managers not speaking the same language or having the same goals, and this can seriously undermine conservation efforts. But is there really a dichotomy and if so why? Is science needed for conservation? Do personalities of both, researchers and managers matter? Can we aim towards collaborative relationships between scientists and managers?
There are many cases where management has used scientific inputs and where scientists have collaborated with managers. In this workshop we will be providing the perspective of managers and scientists who have worked with the other group in conservation activities. A lot of students attending this workshop are interested in understanding how conservation science works and we hope that we will be able to assist you in reaching that goal through some of our experiences.
Resource People:

Vidya Athreya, Research Associate, Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) – India program, Bangalore
Sunil Limaye,Field Director, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai
MD Madhusudan Nature Conservation Foundation, Bangalore

Shri P. Pathak, Chief Conservator of Forests, Bangalore
Sunetro Ghosal is a researcher with an interest in the interface between science, society and nature. He is associated with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Ås), St. Xavier’s Autonomous College (Mumbai), Stawa (Ladakh) and the International Association for Ladakh Studies. He will speak on the challenges and opportunities of managing interactions between humans and large carnivores outside the PA framework.
 is a trained MBBS doctor and a PhD student in wildlife biology. On behalf of a group of doctors, the forest department of Pakke Tiger Reserve and wildlife scientists and pharmaceutical workers, he will be speaking about how malaria is dealt with in forest watchers.
Growing Wild is a Bangalore based volunteer group. Initially their work was spread across Karnataka doing awareness camps for fire management and provisioning anti-poaching camps. They have now adopted Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary and work with the Forest Department very closely.
Praveen Bharga is the Managing Trustee of Wildlife First, a conservation advocacy organization. He has been a part of several conservation campaigns that led to the stoppage of – Mining in Kudremukh, World Bank Eco-Development project in Nagarahole, Tree felling in Protected Areas and dusk-dawn closure of a highway through Nagarahole amongst others. He has represented Wildlife First on National Board for Wildlife and the Sub-committee on the Wildlife Act amendments. He has also served on expert committees of the Ministry of Environment and the National Tiger Conservation Authority. His session will aid in understanding the Wildlife Act, the Governance structure; Objects, prohibitions and penalties; provisions pertaining to Research and conservation.

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