[ERA Webinar]: The Himalayan Restoration Project

The Ecological Restoration Alliance invites you for its next webinar on The Himalayan Restoration Project — Trophic rewilding to enhance ecology-based climate resilience in the western Himalayas, where Dr Sanjay Molur and Trisa Bhattacharjee will talk about their oak and pine forest restoration efforts involving local communities in the western Himalayas.

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Date: 04-07-24
Time: 4 pm onwards
Venue: Zoom Meeting

About the Webinar:

What does restoration in the ecologically sensitive western Himalayas look like? Can it provide sustainable livelihoods and help build climate resilience? How does restoration navigate the diverse interests of the local community, the forest department, NGOs and other stakeholders?

In this webinar, Dr Sanjay Molur and Trisa Bhattacharjee of the Himalayan Restoration Project take us through their journey of restoring the degraded and long-neglected broad-leaf oak and pine forests of Chamba, Himachal Pradesh. Join us as they describe their process of collaborative rewilding – with the local community as active participants – while sticking to the principles of scientific ecological restoration.

About the Speakers:

Dr Sanjay Molur is the Executive Director of the Zoo Outreach Organisation and the Founder & Chief Editor of the Journal of Threatened Taxa. He has over 30 years of experience in various theoretical and practical aspects of conservation and restoration of forests and wetlands.

He is an expert at developing inclusive conservation strategies – incorporating principles of conservation biology in the decision making process with community participation – along the southern coast of India and in the Himalayas.

He helped start the Himalayan Langur Project in 2012 to study the behaviour, ecology, and the distribution of the Chamba Sacred Langur. At the Himalayan Restoration Project, he adopts a landscape approach towards scientifically restoring the western Himalayas to conserve species, habitats, and livelihoods.

Trisa Bhattacharjee is a wildlife conservationist and a perception ecologist. She works as a Conservation Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst and advanced training coordinator at the Zoo Outreach Organisation, and is a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education. She is also a Mountain Restoration Steward at the Global Landscape Forum. At the Himalayan Restoration Project, she works with the indigenous communities to protect the existing forest cover in Khajjiar-Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary and create nature based adaptations.