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NCCI to spell out road map for future of wildlife, people | Nagpur News

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Nagpur: The Network for Conserving Central India (NCCI) is hosting its fourth Central Indian Landscape Symposium (CILS4), a bi-annual gathering of NCCI and experts. It has led to collaborations for both wildlife and people in Central India, primarily for translating science into action.
NCCI is a network of researchers, NGOs and managers dedicated to conserving biodiversity, improving livelihoods and fostering sustainable development in the landscapes of the Central Indian Highlands through the application of science.
The three-day symposium will be held online from January 28-30. The theme for CILS4 is ‘Bridges: Collaborative approaches for conservation, livelihoods, & development’. The event entails a space for meetings, networking lounge, and other engaging activities such as a showcase of short films created around Central Indian conservation on some pre-decided themes.
Rita Banerjee, wildlife & environment filmmaker, who heads Dusty Foot Productions and is project director at Green Hub & Prerna Bindra, and wildlife authors are also curating their personal top 5 from the short film submissions.
The highlight of the three-day conference will be three sessions and each day entails talks by experts, panel discussions followed by Q&A session from the attendees.
The first day’s session (January 28) will cover ‘Connectivity for tigers in Central India’, which presents results from the NCCI working group on infrastructure and connectivity.
In this session, attendees can enjoy and engage with the science on tiger connectivity and inferences for managing connectivity in Central India.
The speakers include Jay Schoen, Columbia University, Amrita Neelakanta, NCCI coordinator, and Hemant Kamdi, AIG with NTCA.
Kishor Rithe, founder, Satpuda Foundation, Sandeep Tambe, a professor with Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), and Sejal Worah, programme director, WWF-India, will be the panellists. Gary Tabor, founder, Centre for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC), will be moderator.
The second day (January 29) session will be on ‘Restoration & livelihoods: Nature for all’. It will highlight the twin goals of human development and conservation. It will explore the important theme of restoration that ties together people and forests in the heartland of India.
The speakers will include Abhinav Sen, lands field manager, TNC, Richie Ahuja, regional director, Asia, EDF, Dhwani Lalai, project manager, Foundation of Ecological Security in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh, Shekhar Kolipaka, Leiden University, Marie Duraisami, manager at WRI’s Sustainable Landscapes Restoration Programme.
Sunil Kumar Nandamudi, CEO, RBS Foundation India, Gitika Goswami, senior programme director at Development Alternatives, Ruchika Singh, director, Sustainable Landscapes & Restoration, WRI India, Sudharshan Suchi, CEO at Save the Children, will be panellists.
The Corbett Foundation’s Kedar Gore will be the moderator.
The third-day session will be on how NCCI works as a knowledge platform and collaborative. The NCCI presents a single house of data across many intertwined research and programmatic themes, a key outcome of discussions from the last CILS — the NCCI data dashboard.
In this session, Prachi Thatte, coordinator, Connectivity Conservation WWF India, Claudio Sillero, professor of conservation biology & deputy director of the WildCRU, Pinki Mondal, assistant professor, University of Delaware, Uma Ramakrishnan, faculty with National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), will be speakers.
Naveen Pandey, deputy director & veterinary adviser, The Corbett Foundation, will be the moderator.
“While CILS meets in person every two years at a Central Indian Landscape (CIL), this year’s virtual conference is primarily meant to keep the momentum going. Our work continues in an interdisciplinary way in organically growing working groups. We hope CILS to be the space where we build bridges for a resilient future for wildlife and people,” says Ruth DeFries, a professor with Columbia University & founder of NCCI.

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