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Ecological -Literacy Course

Ecological-Literacy Course

INTACH

10th-13th June 2014

Introduction: Accordingto Fritjof Capra, “in the coming decades, the survival of humanity willdepend on our ecological literacy – our ability to understand the basicprinciples of ecology and to live accordingly. This means that eco-literacymust become a critical skill for politicians, business leaders, andprofessionals in all spheres, and should be the most important part ofeducation at all levels – from primary and secondary schools to colleges,universities, and the continuing education and training of professionals.”

David W. Orr has statedthat the goal of ecological literacy is “built on the recognition that thedisorder of ecosystems reflects a prior disorder of mind, making it a centralconcern to those institutions that purport to improve minds. In other words,the ecological crisis is in every way a crisis of education”.

Ø  Eco-literacyleads to an understanding of the workings of the natural world around us andthe manner in which free eco-system services, which sustain the planet, areavailable to human communities.

Ø  Eco-literacyenables citizens to appreciate the sustainability implication of publicdecisions and the environmental issues involved which are made on their behalf so as to provide informed feedback todecision makers and public representatives

Ø  Eco-literacyleads to informed decision making at all levels – be it individual, socialgroup or community, public administrators, institutional and business decision makers

Objective:Through this course INTACH seeks to equip concernedcitizens, decision makers and administrators with an ecological perspective,understanding of the interconnected working of eco-systems and the resultanteco-system services, with a view:

 

  • To enable members of the general public understand ecological implications of governmental decision making and actions of large institutional and corporate entities, understand the language of experts, enable intelligent participation in public debates, encourage public stewardship of the commons.
  • To enable ecologically informed decisions by public and private entities which enable a balance between development needs with ecological concerns and sustaining free eco-system services from nature.

 

TargetAudience: Citizens, mid-level administrators from government sector, educationists,CSR personnel, NGO representatives.

Venue: IndianNational Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), 71, Lodhi estate,multipurpose hall.

Course Date: 10th – 13thJune, 2014 (Last date for registration 30th May 2014)

Course fee:

·       Rs. 3000.00 (Indiannationals-Students, NGOs, Public) [20 %less for INTACH members and employees, 30 % less for full-time students]

·       US $ 200.00 (Foreignnationals)

·       For GovernmentOfficials - Rs. 7,500.00 [early bird discount 25% upto 10 May/14]

SCHEDULE

 

DAY 1- 10th June 2014

 

TIME

CONTENT

SPEAKER

9:30-10:30 am

Session 1: Introduction to Ecology & Environment, Ecosystem and Ecosystem Services

·        An Ecological Diagnosis of the Living Earth

·        Humanity and the Tragedy of the commons (Hardin’s Theory)

·        Human shifts to an Urban lifestyle and its impact

Dr. Ritu Singh

Sr. Consultant,

INTACH

10:30-11:00 am

Tea

 

11:00-12:00 pm

Session 2: Ecosystem Components

·        Abiotic and Biotic factors

·        Eco-system processes:

                                I.            Energy flows,

                             II.            Food webs and chain,

                           III.            Trophic levels,

                          IV.            Material & nutrient cycling

Dr. Ghazala Shahabuddin

Associate Professor, Ambedkar University, Delhi

12:00-1:00 pm

Session 3: Population Ecology and Dynamics

·        Species, populations, communities

·        Diversity, Niche, Habitats

Dr. Ghazala Shahabuddin

Associate Professor, Ambedkar University, Delhi

1:00-2:00 pm

Lunch

 

2:00-3:00 pm

·        Disturbances

·        Succession, Climax Community

·        Pulses and Presses

·        Ecological Community as a Living Mosaic

Prof. C. K. Varshney

Professor Emeritus, JNU

3:00-3:30 pm

Tea

 

3:30-4:30 pm

Session 4: Bio-geographic Regions (Biomes)

·        Ecosystem patterns

·        Grasslands, forests, deserts, mountains, saltwater biomes, freshwater biomes

Prof. C. K. Varshney

Professor Emeritus, JNU

                     

 

 

 

 

DAY 2- 11th June 2014

 

TIME

CONTENT

SPEAKER

9:30-10:30 am

Session 1: Humans as the biggest drivers of Ecological Change

·        Humans as energy consumers

·        Environment pollution

·        Rare species extinction and introduction of invasive species declining biodiversity

·        Challenges of waste and disposal

Prof. C. K. Varshney

Professor Emeritus, JNU

10:30-11:00 am

Tea

 

11:00-12:00 pm

Session 2: Climate Change

·        Ecology of global climate change

·        Carbon cycles, GHGs and Global warming

·        Rain and Heat as forces of climate change

·        Water cycle

·        Nitrate and phosphate cycle

Prof. C. K. Varshney

Professor Emeritus, JNU

12:00-1:00 pm

Session 3: Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change

·        What is adaptation?

·        Challenges to adaptation

·        Concepts: TEEB, REDD

Dr. Ritu Mathur

Associate Director, TERI

1:00-2:00 pm

Lunch

 

2:00-3:00 pm

Session 4: Urban Biodiversity and Sustainability

·        Urban Biodiversity

·        Towards sustainable urban ecosystem (Green buildings & eco-campuses)

·        Green Practices

1.      Green consumerism

2.      Terrace farming

3.      How to be green, 3 R’s, tree census, urban agriculture, green consumerism

Dr. Ritu Singh

Sr. Consultant, INTACH

3:30-4:00 pm

Tea

 

4:00-5:00 pm

Session 5: Agricultural ecology

·        Ecology of agriculture

·        Ecological consequences of agriculture

Prof. C. K. Varshney

Professor Emeritus, JNU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 3- 12th June 2014

 

TIME

CONTENT

SPEAKER

9:30-10:30 am

Session 1: Restoration Ecology

·        Introduction to restoration ecology

·        Strategies for restoring and conserving ecosystem

Dr. Faiyaz Khudsar

Scientist Incharge, Yamuna Biodiversity Park

10:30-11:00 am

Tea

 

11:00-12:00 pm

Session 2: International Environmental Laws, Treaties & Protocols

·        Rio Conventions, 1992

·        Kyoto Protocol: UNFCCC

·        CITES

·        UNCCD

·        UN Urban Environmental Accord

·        CMS

·        CBD: AICHI Biodiversity Targets

·        Ramsar Convention

Ms. Swati Singh Sambyal

Senior Research Associate,

Industry and Environment Unit,

Centre for Science and Environment

 

 

12:00-1:00 pm

Session 3: Indian Environmental Law

·        Constitution of India Provisions

·        Water & Air Acts

·        Environmental Protection Act

·        Wildlife Protection Act

Ms. Swati Singh Sambyal

Senior Research Associate, CSE

 

1:00-2:00 pm

Lunch

 

2:00-2:45 pm

·        Biodiversity Conservation Act

·        Wetland Rules

·        Coastal Management Rules

·        State Acts, Notification and Rules

Ms. Swati Singh Sambyal

Senior Research Associate, CSE

 

2:45-3:30 pm

Session 5: Institutional Architecture

·        Ministries

·        Pollution Control Board

·        National Green Tribunal

·        Centrally Empowered Committee

Ms. Swati Singh Sambyal

Senior Research Associate, CSE

 

3:30-4:00 pm

Tea

 

4:00-5:00 pm

Session 6: Environment Impact Assessment & Strategic Impact Assessment

Ms. Swati Singh Sambyal

Senior Research Associate, CSE

 

 

Day 4- 13th June 2014:Field visit either to Aravalli Biodiversity Park or Yamuna Biodiversity Park.

                            


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