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About Resource Personnel

Dr. UM Chandrasekhara is the Senior Principal Scientist at Department of Forest Ecology, Kerala Forest Research Institute. He has two decades of research experience in Forest Ecology and Agroforestry. He has published extensively in the area of tropical forest ecology and biodiversity besides diversity and conservation of sacred groves in Kerala. He was elected as a Fellow of National Institute of Ecology, India and served as assistant editor for Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment of the International Society of Food, Agriculture and Environment.

Event/Session Details/Discussions/Highlights

Dr. Chandrasekhara gave an enlightening presentation on plant biodiversity in India and how Indian culture protects these ecosystems and groves. Due to diverse physical features and climatic conditions, there exists a variety of ecosystems within the country. These include wetlands and mangroves; shola, evergreen and deciduous forests; grasslands and deserts. These ecosystems harbour and sustain high biodiversity and contribute to human well-being. People of India depend on the fruits, grains, medicinal plants, fuel-wood, fodder and green leaf manure for sustainment. 

Here is a specific example of how several plant species can be utilized in India:

  • In India, there are a number of traditional ways that plant conservation is practiced. For example, sacred groves – these patches of forests that are protected by assigning them as the abode of gods or goddesses. Here is some data collected on plant species diversity in sacred groves: 
  • Home gardens represent another way of traditional plant conservation practice
  • This is only a sample from Dr. Chandrasekhara’s lecture. He further discussed the traditional practices of intercropping with shade tolerant and short duration crops, as well as the importance of maintaining this culture of India of plant conservation and management. 

The scholars were very impressed with Dr. Chandrasekhara’s research. They became hopeful that the cultural traditions around ecosystems and gardening will help preserve plant biodiversity in India. 

List of Participant

Attendance /No.of participants: 44
Male- 23 Female –21
List of the participants:
1. Anthony Chafa
2. Mojtaba Enayati
3. Hari Chandana
4. Douglas Marowa
5. Habanyati Estone 6. Niloofar Abed
7. Krishna Sreesuthan 8. Muganyizi Jonas 9. Matov Baker
10. Aswathi Suresh Babu 11. Pardon Dandadzi 12. Meenu Prakash 13. Sreevidhya C
14. Devika Shaji
15. Amabile Manianga 16. Deva Temple
17. Fernanda Imada 18. Balogun Babatunde 19. Krishneil Maharaj 20. Juliet Angom
21. Mukil MV
22. Amritesh AR
23. Martin Kanyagui 24. Selina Shah
25. Rondine Anushree 26. Kripa Gressel
27. Debashish Brahma 28. Krishna Nandan 29. Jyoti Sharma
30. Anushri Tiwari
31. Bernard Otu
32. Aroun
33. Amrita Sadanand
34. Isaac Lukambagire
35. Reshma AS
36. Ogbanna Amarachi
37. Vineeth
38. Nihal
39. Akshay Krishna
40. Cristina Mayumi
41. Mosoud
42. Balmukund
43. Balu
44. Tzur Sayag
Source of Funding : E4Life PhD Scholarship fund, Ammachi Labs, CWEGE Flyer

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