International Conference on Ecorestoration

Venue: ICFRE Campus

Location: Dehradun, and New Delhi, India

Event Date/Time: Sep 23, 2003 End Date/Time: Sep 30, 2003
Registration Date: Sep 23, 2003
Early Registration Date: Aug 01, 2003
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 01, 2003
Paper Submission Date: Aug 31, 2003
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Description

Background

Degradation of natural resources has been a global problem. Accelerated conversion of forests with rapid industrialization and urbanization, intensive agriculture, over-exploitation, overgrazing, mining and other human activities have resulted in the degradation of both the land and water resources. In India, more than half of its geographical area faces problems of land degradation of one or the other kind. Intensive agriculture has rendered large areas severely degraded and unproductive due to waterlogging, secondary salinity, wind and water erosion, etc. Forest resources stand greatly depleted; mountain and hill slopes stand barren and subject to increased erosion and landslides. All aquatic resources (rivers, lakes, wetlands, coastal areas, as well as groundwater) are shrinking in their extent and the water quality is highly degraded. Degradation of natural resource is a key threat to socio-economic development (especially in the developing countries like India) and to global environment (e.g., climate change and loss of biodiversity).

EcoRestoration (or ecological restoration) which means redevelopment (rehabilitation) of degraded ecosystems, is a key component of a broader subject of Suatainable Development. Ecorestoration and sustainable development are closely interlinked with the interplay of ecology, sociology, economics and culture. Ecorestoration requires that the redevelopment process accompanies parallel progress in environmental, social and economic sectors, both in short-term and long-term, and across a range of spatial scales. Such a wide goal could be achieved only with innovative approaches to designing and implementing appropriate policies and restoration technologies. In this context, linking up ecological processes with social processes becomes significant to ensure community participation in eco-restoration linked sustainable livelihood/development of local communities.

Though considerable information exists on the causes and consequences of degradation, the existing knowledge is inadequate to resolve the complexities of interlinkages between economic, social and environmental factors and processes. Many efforts have been made to check the degradation of natural resources but have not yielded the desired sustainability. Limitations of sectoral policies and institutional mechanisms in dealing with the complexity of the ecorestoration are only now being increasingly realised. It is well established that the problem of natural resource degradation can only be tackled when the totality of the soil-water-plant-animal-man interactions in the system are synergised through appropriate policies.

Objectives

The main objectives of the Conference are:

1. To review the existing knowledge on ecological, socio-economic and environmental dimensions of degradation of land and water resources, especially in the developing countries;
2. To document ecorestoration approaches with case studies in different countries
3. To review the impacts of government policies on ecorestoration of degraded environments;
4. To provide a sound scientific basis for developing appropriate policy framework for ecorestoration in developing countries
5. To identify areas of interdisciplinary research relevant to ecorestoration of land and water resources.

Topics to be Covered

Following is a list of major topics to be discussed at the Conference. The emphasis shall be laid on the ecological, socio-economic and policy dimensions:

1. Land and Water Resources: Degradation and Restoration
a Spatio-temporal trends: descriptive accounts and mathematical models
b.Driving factors and socio-economic-environmental consequences
c. Consequences of degradation for biota
d. Global Issues such as Biodiversity and Climate Change
2. Sustainable agriculture and Agroforestry
3. Sustainable production forestry and Joint forest management
4. Restoration of mined habitats
5. Restoration related to multipurpose river valley projects
6. Hydrological balance in mountain ecosystems
7. Restoration of Lakes
8. Restoration of Rivers
9. Restoration of Wetlands
10. Mangroves and other coastal ecosystems
11. Ground water resources
12. Watershed as a landscape unit for restoration
13. EcoRestoration : multidisciplinarity and scalar considerations
14. Combining environment, economic and social imperatives of development:
15. Combining local, national, regional and global development goals and priorities


Comprehensive Case Studies on ecorestoration will be of particular interest. Theoretical contributions are unlikely to be considered. However, participation without contribution will be welcome

Venue

ICFRE Campus
ICFRE, Dehradun
India
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