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Speakers

Emeritus Director, Centre for Wildlife Studies
Rtd. Director General of Forests & Special Secretary, GoI
Associate Director, Centre for Wildlife Studies

Date & Time

Friday Fri, 12 Apr 2024

Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

This session will explore complexities that affect basic conservation actions essential to recover threatened wildlife species and their habitats in India.

It will cover the critical role of effective law enforcement to protect wildlife and habitats. Additionally, it will address the challenge of maintaining wildlife populations and habitats in as ‘natural’ a condition as possible relying on best wildlife science as well as mitigating human-wildlife conflicts. It will also delve into the need to expand wildlife habitats in the context of increasing human aspirations that drive economic development and discuss some win-win solutions that benefit both people and wildlife, from the perspectives of governmental as well non-governmental sectors.

A talk by Ullas Karanth will be followed by a conversation with P J Dilip Kumar and P M Muthanna and a Q&A session with the audience.

Speakers

Ullas Karanth

Emeritus Director, Centre for Wildlife Studies

Dr. K. Ullas Karanth, originally trained as an engineer pursued his passion for wildlife biology later obtaining a master’s degree from University of Florida and PhD from Mangalore University. His long-term research on the ecology of tigers led to expertise in carnivore ecology as well as in conservation biology and policy. Dr. Karanth is Emeritus Director at the Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS), Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and holds Adjunct Professorships at the Universities of Florida and Minnesota. In addition to being a leading researcher and academic in wildlife sciences, Dr. Karanth has been active conservation practice and advocacy by leading non-governmental conservation efforts as well as a practicing engineer and farmer during early parts of his career. He has served on several statutory bodies of the Government: The Forest Advisory Committee, Indian Board for Wildlife, National Tiger Conservation Authority, Wildlife Institute of India as well as the Species Survival Commission of IUCN. In recognition of his conservation work, he has received several awards including the Karnataka Rajya Prashasti, the Presidential Honor Padma Shri, the Paul Getty Award (WWF-USA) and the George Schaller Award (WCS) and the Fellowship of the Indian Academy of Sciences.

Image Credit: Kalyan Varma

P J Dilip Kumar

Rtd. Director General of Forests & Special Secretary, GoI

Dr. P. J. Dilip Kumar, has served the Indian Forest Service (IFS) between 1974-2012,  retiring as the Director General of Forests (DGF) and Special Secretary, Government of India. He is the only Kannadiga so far to hold that apex positionHe completed a master’s degree in plant chemistry from IIT Mumbai. Thereafter, following his passion for wildlife he joined the IFS, later completing a Doctorate in Forest Economics from the University of Wales, UK.  Dr. Kumar has a deep interest in complex issues of forest resource use and governance.  He chaired the Forest Advisory Committee of the Union Government (of which Dr. Karanth was a member) and during its tenure the committee effectively regulated many mining and hydro-dam proposals, as well as introduced ecological scrutiny of wind and solar power projects from a wildlife perspective. In the academic domain, Dr. Kumar has been a senior fellow Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) based at Institute for Social & Economic Change (ISEC).  Dr. Kumar has distilled his academic and practical experiences in the form of several papers and monographs, as well as in a trenchant popular blog format on current affairs, continuing to engage with forest governance issues.

P M Muthanna

Associate Director, Centre for Wildlife Studies

P. M. Muthanna from Kushal Nagar, Kodagu, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree followed by a degree in law (1997), developing passion for issues of human welfare and community organization. This ultimately led him journalism and a fascination for the cause of wildlife conservation. He then set about integrating his passion for human welfare with pragmatic conservation, specifically focussing on forest dwelling and fringe communities in the Malenad region. After 2000, Muthanna led the progressive voluntary relocation projects initiated by Dr. Ullas Karanth under WCS program, and later under other institutional affiliations.  Additionally, Muthanna and his team have worked with national agencies and state forest officials to assist anti-poaching and wildlife trade control work. He has served on several state and district level committees of the government. To date, his efforts have led to voluntary relocation of over 2200 forest-dwelling families in Malenad and Wayanad regions. Currently he also works on wildlife conflict mitigation issues in collaboration with Dr. Krithi Karanth at the Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS).