Venue : Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, Karnataka
In his opening remarks, T V Ramachandra, Professor, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, explained the importance of geospatial tools in biodiversity conservation.
In his talk, Dr. S Narendra Prasad from OSGeo Foundation, India introduced OSGeo Foundation and highlighted the advantages of using free and open source software for biodiversity conservation.
M D Subhash Chandran, Professor, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, gave a talk on ‘Western Ghats Biodiversity – Rethinking on Biodiversity Management Committees’.
Dr. R Prabhakar, Director, Strand Life Sciences and Senior Fellow, Ashoka Trust for Research in Environment and Ecology, gave a talk on the India Biodiversity Portal (www.indiabiodiversity.org). India Biodiversity Portal is a participatory system that aggregates and disseminates biodiversity information under open access for India. It is a completely crowd sourced database, in which the information is added and verified by the people.
Dr. Rajasri Ray from the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, spoke about Sacred Groves, and explained how religious and cultural values of a society affect the local biodiversity. She extensively used open source geospatial tools in her study for depicting biodiversity information on maps. According to her, sacred groves are important for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem functioning.
Dr. R C Prasad and Dr. Gowtham Gollapalli from the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad spoke about ‘Scope and potentiality of open source tools and technology in biodiversity conservation’. Dr Gowtham Gollapalli is also associated with KAIINOS Geospatial Technologies Ltd.
T V Ramachandra, Professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc, gave a talk on ‘Ecologically Sensitive Regions in Central Western Ghats’. He explained the ecological socio-economic factors considered for grouping the ‘ecologically sensitive regions’ of Uttara Kannada district.
After Prof T V Ramachandra’s talk, the workshop witnessed a lively interactive session between the participants and a panel of experts. The august panel consisted of Prof. Subhash Chandran, Dr. Bharat H Aithal, Dr. Gowtham Gollapalli, Dr.S Narendra Prasad and Prof T V Ramachandra. The panel wanted to know from the participants if they were interested in attending a two-week workshop to be held in December, 2015. Quite a few participants showed interest in attending it, and the panel asked them to explain for what reason they wanted to attend that workshop. Interestingly, the main motivation for some of the prospective participants was their experiences closer to their native places.
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