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Emeritus Director, Centre for Wildlife Studies

Date & Time

Friday Fri, 19 Apr 2024


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

Building on the previous sessions on wildlife science and practice of conservation based on that science, this masterclass by Ullas Karanth will explore both of these major themes, drawing examples from his own personal journey of five decades with tigers and other big cats.

This session will also explore externalities critical to successful conservation of wild nature in general and big cats more specifically. It will include a brief account of tiger recovery in India and range-wide outlines the science and conservation outcomes. Critical elements of successful tiger conservation include making room for tigers, enforcing laws, reducing pressures, and understanding the role of development in effective big cat recovery. Hidden externalities in wildlife conservation, such as ecological carrying capacity and overshoot of biophysical limits in human consumption of energy and materials, result from the disconnect between ecology and economics. Plausible approaches to recovery, such as spiritual time travel, Malthusian dread, and unbridled techno-optimism, address key externalities including efficiencies in energy production, land use, and agriculture. Decoupling from nature and managing landscapes sustainably are crucial for avoiding confusion between conservation and development.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

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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.

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