Tropical forest conservation presents a paradox —there is a large dependence on forest resources within several countries, globally, an estimated one billion people live on the fringes of forests and derive a livelihood from forests. Simultaneously, the tropics harbour high levels of biodiversity, close to two-thirds of all the global biodiversity hotspots are located in the tropics. Deforestation and forest degradation continues unabated in the tropics and there is an urgent need to implement conservation measures through interventions in governance. Global emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation and degradation contribute between 10 and 15% annually, and come predominantly from the tropics. Drivers of deforestation and forest degradation operate at several scales and similarly scale based interventions in governance will be important for arresting forest degradation, reversing biodiversity loss in the tropics, and combating climate change globally. The UN will adopt sustainable development goals (SDGs) in 2015 and Goal 9 and Goal 10 relates to biodiversity conservation through governance improvement and technological transformation.
GOAL 9: Secure biodiversity and ensure good management of Oceans, Waters, Forests, and Natural Resources
GOAL 10: Transform governance and technology for sustainable development
Ecological processes operate at various spatial scales and so also the drivers of forest change in human-dominated landscapes. Identifying these drivers and the scales at which they operate is critical for implementing conservation programmes in forested regions. Policy makers and managers responsible for administering programs related to social aspects of natural resources will be sensitized to the different intervention measures and the scales at which they operate and their implications for conservation. The main objective of this programme is to ameliorate lives, welfare, and livelihoods through conservation intervention measures and contribute to sustainable development and environmental improvement in the tropics.
The programme on forest conservation intervention is designed to:
1. Facilitate interaction and constructive engagement in governance of natural resources.
2. Highlight the importance of conservation intervention measures to alleviate poverty and conserve biodiversity in human-dominated landscapes across the tropics.
3. Explain biophysical and socio-economic concepts with reference to spatial scale, temporal scale, and feedback loops in the implementation of conservation intervention programs in human-dominated landscapes.
4. Discuss methods of sustainable conservation through several case studies from around the tropics.
5. Disseminate information on good practices to be adopted in implementing conservation measures in the tropics.
The programme will have the following key themes:
1. Socio-ecological systems: Key attributes, features, scales, feedbacks
2. Environmental Sustainability: Definition and importance, policies, planning for the future
3. Biophysical parameters: Landscape scale processes, climate, watersheds, vegetation characteristics, regeneration, diversity, richness
4. Human dimensions: Assessment of human components of conservation, socio-economic characteristics, ethnic composition, indigenous communities
5. Identification of biological stressors: Assessment of magnitude of various stressors in ecosystems through novel approaches
6. Payments for ecosystem goods and services: extractions of non-timber forest products, hydrological services, agricultural services, carbon sequestration services and other services derived from ecosystems
7. REDD plus and conservation intervention: Leveraging new and emerging instruments of climate change mitigation and conservation intervention
8. Conservation and governance: institutions; policies; and interventions
9. Tools for conservation: Geospatial tools such as GIS and remote sensing for conservation and planning
10. Best practices: Outline good practices to be followed to meet the goals of sustainable conservation.
It is in this backdrop that the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) will offer a training programme to managers of forest and conservation agencies, NGOs engaged in conservation, and international multilateral and bilateral donor agencies involved in tropical forest conservation. The training programme will be for a 5-day period and will provide information on conceptual frameworks, case studies, tools to assess forest degradation, and also include a field trip to a wildlife reserve.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE
The programme will be of value to senior and middle level managers in government, professionals from multilateral and bilateral agencies such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Environment Programme, NGOs actively engaged with forest conservation in the tropics, and conservation biologists. Participants from tropical countries especially Africa, South Asia, SE Asia are welcome to apply for the training programme.
The Programme duration is from Monday, June 29, 2015 to Friday, July 03, 2015. Participants are expected to arrive no later than June 28, 2015, and may leave the campus after 6 P.M on July 03, 2015 upon the completion of programme activities.
Rs. 59,000/- (US$ 1920 if foreign) plus Service Tax @ 14 % per participant will be charged to cover tuition, board and lodging, courseware and other facilities of the College including internet usage. Local participants not availing hostel accommodation will be given a discount of Rs.1000/- per day for the duration of the programme.
A 5% concession on fee would be admissible, if and only if the payment is credited in entirety into the College Bank account, before the commencement of the programme. In addition, a discount of 10% is offered to the second nominee and onwards from the same organistion for this programme. Bank details are given below :
For Foreign Participants :
Receiver’s Bank of America,
New York (SWIFT: BOFAUS3N)
Correspondent Bank Via Chips ABA 0959 for Account UID 002473 Via Fedwire 026009593
For Credit of State Bank of Hyderabad, Treasury Department, Mumbai, India,
SWIFT BIC —SBHYINBB002 Nostro A/c No.6550992180.
Ultimate Beneficiary Administrative Staff College of India, Account No.62090698960,
State Bank of Hyderabad, Bellavista, Raj Bhavan Road Branch, Hyderabad.
For Indian Participants :
Bank Name State Bank of Hyderabad
Address line 1 6-3-1092, Ist floor, A Block
Address line 2 Raj Bhavan Road Branch,(Bellavista)
Address line 3 Hyderabad —500 082
Beneficiary Account Name Administrative Staff College of India
Bank Account Number 62090698675
Bank MICR No 500004008
NEFT IFSC Code SBHY0020063
Organisational sponsorship is essential
The nominees are requested to carry with them the proof of Medical Insurance. The sponsoring agency is required to endorse the nominees medical coverage in the event of hospitalisation.
LAST DATE FOR NOMINATION
LAST DATE FOR WITHDRAWAL
June 22, 2015. Any withdrawal after this date will entail forfeiture of the fee paid.
ASCI ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Participants of College Programmes will become ASCI Life Members.
CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION
The College issues a Certificate of Participation on conclusion of the Programme. Please note that the College may not issue the certificate if the fee is not paid before programme completion.