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8th & 9th November
Vivanta by Taj, Guwahati, Assam,
The Eastern Himalayan NaturenomicsTM Forum 2016 is a result of our successful deliberations at the 3rd Asian Elephants in the Wild Conferences and 4th Balipara Foundation Awards. We have realized that our scope of conversations needs to broaden to include other powerful drivers of the issues at hand, these include, climate change, development, depletion of essential natural resources like water and the overwhelming influence of technology and culture on successful conservation efforts.We will continue to use the Asian Elephant as a mascot of our efforts but by broadening the conversation and expanding the stakeholders at the table we hope to create a larger conservation footprint.
This year’s forum will address the issues of Asian Elephants in the Wild, Asian Elephants in Captivity, Legal aspects of conservation, Social Impact Case Studies, Recognition of Social Impact Entrepreneurs and organizations. The Forum will also feature a unique conversation between Music maestro, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia & leading technologist, Shri. S. Ramadorai,on the influence of Technology and Musical conservation. Pandit. Hari Prasad Chaurasia will communicate his views on music in conservation through a bamboo flute & Shri Ramadorai will present their wisdom on technology as it pertains to the preservation on our natural wealth.
Themes of the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2016
Strategizing for Conservation through Social Mobility
In order for conservation efforts to be sustainable over the long term we need to find the drivers that incentivize communities and engage them to actively own conservation programs, long after such programs have been implemented.
Optimizing Efficiency of through Governance & Policy Reforms
Governments of respective countries/states are the custodians of the wildlife & habitats being discussed. This session will explore reforms required in governance & policy that can have an impact on making conservation more participatory, hence, more effective. We will also discuss the urgency for Conservation NGOs to coordinate their efforts while operating Landscape Conservation Programs.
Starting a Campaign. Getting “people” involved
Governments, NGOs, Donors, Civil Society, Media and the general public at large will need to get behind the hope that Asian Elephant Conservation is a reality that can be achieved. The session will highlight a few initiatives and ideas for enabling this.
Looking at Funding
In order to effectively fund conservation efforts, it is essential to create models for the valuation of our natural assets. This session will explore the topics of creating a valuation model of our natural assets and alternative ways in which we can finance conservation efforts. We will explore alternative business models such as crowd funding, impact investing to build social impact funds, etc.
Technology & Innovation in Conservation
From drones to project management software technology has the ability to play a pivotal role in conservation. We will explore how we can leverage technology and innovations to create larger impact.
We are expanding our scope & impact. Moving beyond being “Single Species (Elephants) Specific”, we are embracing a wider approach to “Conservation” in general. Keywords such as holistic, multidisciplinary, collaborative, communication are predominant in the terminology of current conservation policy. It is the aim of this Forum and the resulting proceedings, to draw attention to these keywords and the concepts. Deep learning, germination of ideas and discoveries happen at the edges and in the interfaces between disciplines. The Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics Forum 2016 will bring together the disciplines of Sociology, Policy & Technology in context with Conservation.
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