Symposium on Kanha-Pench landscape held at Mocha
three-day symposium was held on Kanha-Pench Landscape Symposium at Mocha, in
Mandla district in Madhya Pradesh.
aimed to foster communication, identify research gaps and priorities, and
develop a shared vision for science-based conservation in the landscape in
central India which is of national and global importance for a substantial
proportion of the tiger population along with other endangered species.
to tigers including their genetics, habitat occupancy, effects of NH-7 on
wildlife connectivity, climate change, forest degradation, human-wildlife
conflict, governance, to the mandates of the NGOs and initiatives active in
this landscape were discussed.
There was also a
special panel discussion on the possibilities of Public-Private-Partnerships to
achieve conservation in the Kanha-Pench Landscape. About 57 academic
researchers, managers, NGOs and individuals working in the landscape
participated in the symposium.
researchers, managers, and NGOs in this symposium fostered new interactions.
Mechanisms should be established to continue the process and help identify
innovative solutions to the challenges of managing the Kanha-Pench landscape.
represented 21 researchers, 10 forest managers, 7 individuals with varied
skills and interests, and 19 participants representing seven NGOs, one public
private partnership and the Global Tiger Initiative.
presented talks organized in five thematic sessions, followed by a panel
discussion to synthesize the talks J S Chauhan (FD Kanha Tiger Reserve) and Dr
John Seidensticker (Head, Conservation Ecology Center, Smithsonian Conservation
Biology Institute and scientific advisor to Global Tiger Initiative) presented
key note addresses H S Panwar, first Field Director of Kanha Tiger Reserve and
member of National Tiger Conservation Authority sent a note for the symposium
that was read out by Dr Sandeep Sharma.
committee consisted of Dr Ruth Defries (Columbia University, NY), Meghna
Agarwala (Columbia University, NY), Dr Chittaranjan Dave (WWF Mandla), Ajay
Dolke (SRUJAN, Nagpur), Dr Trishna Dutta (Clemson University, SC), Dr Dipankar
Ghose (WWF Delhi), Jennie Miller (Yale University, CT), Dr Pinki Mondal
(Columbia University, NY) and Dr Sandeep Sharma (Clemson University, SC).