Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2017
2nd & 3rd Nov, 2017
Vivanta by Taj, Guwahati, Assam
The distinctive richness of the Eastern Himalayas can be attributed to its colorful biodiversity, numerous niche ecosystems, and vibrant communities. Understanding the dynamics, structure, and functioning of these systems adds an enormous complexity to not only their conservation and restoration, but also in engaging stakeholders and finding innovative long-term solutions.
Founded on the principle, “Real Innovation happens at the edges of disciplines”, the Eastern HimalayanForum provides a platform to foster multi-disciplinary collaboration and innovation. Launched under the aegis of ‘Asian Elephants in the Wild Talk’ and ‘Balipara Foundation Awards’, in 2016, it was rebranded as the Eastern Himalayan Forum, to expand the conversations beyond single-species conservation.
Thus far, the forum has seen theparticipation of over 1400 individuals from 20+ countries, and representatives from 22 Indian States,including Scientists, Botanists, Conservationists, Ecologists, Administrators, Government and Forest Department officials. This multi-disciplinary group discussed a broad swathe of issues with a special focus on the plight of Asian Elephants in the wild and in captivity.
Looking at 2017
To further elevate this dialogue, Balipara Foundation is delighted to announce the Eastern HimalayanForum,2017. The Forum will be held on 2nd and 3rd November 2017, in Guwahati, Assam, India.
At the Eastern HimalayanForum, 2017, the conversations will revolve around the theme of Communities, Conservation and Botany. The plenary sessions will explore the role of Botany and Communities in the Conservation of ecosystems through the lens of , Innovation and Information.
The conferencewill serve as a platform to explore the importance of conservation in our world of botany, to understand the role of the Guardians of Creation and how they are engaging in conservation in a way that supports their local economies and livelihoods and, exploring reforms required in governance & policy that can have an impact on making conservation more participatory, hence, more effective.
Communities, Universities, Government, Non-Profits, Donors and Media Professionals from around the world will engage in a dialogue to explore business models, policy reforms, technology, etc., to identify drivers and innovative ideas for community conservation.
Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2017– Plenaries
Elephant Country: Communities
The “Asian Elephant” in the Room: Communities & Elephants
Asian Elephant Secretariat: A Digital Haven for Conservation
Hidden Treasures of the Eastern Himalayas: Communities & Botany
Mountain Futures Initiative in the Eastern Himalayas
Re-ruralization: Communities at the Heart of Botany
Understory to Canopy: Smart Afforestation
Nurturing with Nature: The Classroom is Outdoors
Where the Wild Things Are: Flora, Fauna & Life Skills
NaturenomicsTM – A New Business Paradigm
Reclaiming Nature: Renewable Energy & Waste
Eco Tourism: Energizing livelihoods through Botany
Limits to Growth: Challenges to Building a Sustainable Planet
Perception, Imagination & Imitation: Biomimicry, Eco-Architecture & Design
Nurturing Natural Assets to Build Nature Capital
The ‘Nature’ of Storytelling: The Role of Modern Media
Since 2013, Balipara Foundation has highlighted and invested in the efforts of societal entrepreneurs who are working tirelessly to create social, economic and environmental impact in protecting the essential natural resources and restoring the beauty of the Eastern Himalayas. Through the awards, we seek to focus the spotlight on these ecological crusaders and their work by publishing the case-studies of their work. Since inception, they have highlighted over 53 case studies ranging from the protection of endangered species and threatened habitats to the promotion of environmental education, tourism, products and services, emphasizing the interdependence between nature and ecology.
The Balipara Foundation Awards known this year as the Balipara Foundation Social Impact and Entrepreneurial Recognition, Awards 2017 features the Rabindranath Barthakur Memorial Lecture Series which invites speakers to inspire and energize these ecological crusaders. This memorial lecture series has featured eminent speakers such as Dr. Ashok Khosla, Mr. Shyam Saran and Professor Gunter Pauli. In 2016, the lecture was delivered in a unique jugalbandi between Mr. S Ramadorai (Technology) with renowned flautist Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia and Mrs. Mala Ramadorai (Music).
This year, Balipara Foundation Social Impact and Entrepreneurial Recognition will be held on the evening of 3rd November, 2017 where we will recognize 10 new ecological crusaders from the Eastern Himalayas.
We seek your continued participation and long-term support for the Eastern HimalayanForum and Balipara Foundation Social Impact and Entrepreneurial Recognition 2017-2019.
To send in your nominations, please write to us at: email@example.com
Balipara Foundation Social Impact and Entrepreneurial Recognition Categories
The Annual Balipara Foundation Award
The Green Legal/ Journalist Award
The Eastern Himalayan Conservation Award
The Green Guru Award
The Young Naturalist Award
The Food for the Future Award
The Nature Conservancy Award
The Lifetime Service Award
Special Category – Rangers of the Eastern Himalayas Award