Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 15:39:37 +0530
Subject: BNHS Conference
From: Asad Rahmani
To: Zoo Outreach Organisation
Subject: BNHS International Conference, 'Conserving Nature in a Globalizing India'
Date: 17-19 February 2009; Venue: J. N. Tata Auditorium, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
The conservation of nature faces its greatest ever challenges in an increasingly globalised world, unsustainable paths of 'development', climate change, the expansion of humans to every corner of earth, conflicts over natural resources, and the uncontrolled spread of toxics and exotics. In the face of these enormous forces, conventional forms of conservation are no longer adequate. Additionally the growing democratic aspirations of millions of people are challenging top down governance in every field.
On 15th September 2008, BNHS completed 125 years. Today BNHS is one of India's foremost non governmental organizations in nature conservation. Amongst India's NGOs, it has the longest sustained uninterrupted tradition of scientific research, education and conservation activities. As a part of BNHS's 125th year celebration, we have decided to organise an International Conference, 'Conserving Nature in a Globalising India' between 17-19 February 2009, in collaboration with, and at, the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The detailed programme is enclosed for your ready reference. This conference will be different from the other conferences on wildlife because we will be dealing mainly with emerging conservation issues and policy imperatives. Some of the topics will be Resilience Science, Community Conservation & Co-Management and Emerging Diseases.
The current situation in India and elsewhere calls for creative thinking and innovation in conservation policy and practice if nature and biodiversity are to have any chance of surviving into the 22nd millennium. Such thinking will not come only from within the conventional folds of conservation organizations, but also from other professions, from local communities, and from citizens at large. It is, therefore, imperative that a dialogue be initiated amongst all sections of society. It is such a dialogue that (BNHS) hopes to initiate with the proposed international seminar on "Conserving Nature in a Globalising India".
I will be happy if you and some of your colleagues could attend this conference.
Asad R. Rahmani