One of the most pressing issues confronting society today is climate change and although it is now a familiar term, it is often confused with other kinds of ecological changes. In addition, most policy discussions on climate impacts acknowledge that we lack information at scales less than the level of the state, for example at the district, block or cluster levels.
Since climate change significantly impacts livelihoods, human and ecological health, this absence of baseline data at finer scales becomes a barrier to designing suitable mitigation and adaptation measures. Therefore, obtaining this information at smaller spatial scales is important.
This four-day residential workshop will introduce participants to simple, low-cost techniques that can be used for local ecological monitoring and discuss how they can be used to inform climate change interventions at the local level.
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Explain how ecological monitoring can inform development interventions.
- Gather baseline data on vegetation, fauna and weather.
The workshop is designed for development professionals who are interested in learning basic ecological field techniques. It will be particularly useful for those working on climate change mitigation or adaptation projects. Candidates must have working knowledge of Excel (how to make tables and graphs) and English.
She studies nature-society interactions. She currently works in the Andaman islands but in the past, she has worked in the Thar desert and Western Ghats.
She studies birds and forest ecosystems. She has worked in Hawai’i and Uttarakhand.
She works on forest ecosystems in the Himalayas and North-East India. She is also interested in climate justice and science communication.
He studies long-term environmental changes in different regions including the Himalayas and the Arctic.