Social and Ecological Dimensions of Freshwater Biodiversity Conservation

Presented by The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants to various threats facing freshwater biodiversity and social-ecological systems across global and regional scales, with a focus on South Asia. Through lectures, case studies, discussions and activity sessions, the workshop will bring up contemporary challenges inherent to freshwater conservation given their uniqueness and difference as compared with terrestrial systems and land-based conservation paradigms that dominate environmental discourse. It will attempt to integrate the social and ecological dimensions of conserving freshwater biodiversity and ecosystems as a whole, than as isolated components. The workshop will encourage participants towards conservation and policy endeavours for freshwater systems, beyond instrumental and/or purely theoretical solutions to real-world problems. Main aims and goals: To outline the current state of freshwater biodiversity, ecosystems and conservation in the global and South Asian contexts. To provide a conceptual overview of theoretical approaches and methods used in freshwater ecology research. To discuss, through activity sessions and case studies, specific conservation problems facing freshwater ecosystems, by understanding their socio-economic and political dimensions. To encourage students to engage with environmental policy and conservation approaches in relation to holistic conservation of freshwater ecosystems. Target audience: Researchers, conservationists and students interested in the ecology and conservation of freshwater biodiversity. Workshop organisers:Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Nachiket Kelkar, Tarun Nair