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New Training Programme received approval

The National Institute of Ecology is happy to announce that its proposal for “Capacity Building for Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of Wetlands in Relation to Global Change”  has been approved for financial support by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN-GCR) under its CAPaBLE programme (2014-15).

The NIE will conduct this training programme in partnership with the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR), Conservation Science, New Delhi, and the School of Science, Kathmandu University, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Wetlands, the ‘hotspots’ of biodiversity, are threatened by changes in land use/land cover, inappropriate water resources management and climate change. Despite increasing awareness of their ecosystem services, wetlands are not accounted into the development projects. This stems from the lack of capacity and the complexities in assessing the biodiversity of wetlands and linking it to various ecosystem services. The project focuses on capacity building of policy makers, natural resource managers and researchers for rapid assessment of biodiversity of wetlands and its linkages with their ecosystem services, and for integrating the wetland concerns into land use and water resources projects. The Freshwater Ecoregions of Ganga-Brahmapautra basin will be the focus area of the programme.

The training workshops will be organised in Kolkata, Guwahati and Kathmandu during October 2014 to March 2015.  Those interested in participating in the training workshops may contact the Secretary General, NIE  (nieindia@gmail.com) OR Prof. Brij Gopal  (ciwsa.nie@gmail.com)