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Biodiversity Conference

Optimizing Biodiversity and Social Security in Mining Areas - an earthy vision Pune, Ranchi, Bhubneshwar, Guwahati & Delhi - September, 2010 to February, 2011

Balipara Foundation is a trust working towards nature conservation and sustainable development of the community. We envisage socio-economic growth and development, through the creation of 'Nature Capital' by creating interdependence between Nature and Economics. Balipara Foundation has been engaged in Naturenomics™ initiatives aimed at creating a Biodiversity Knowledge Bank on ecological and social security for all.

As a part of our mission, we are organizing a national level Biodiversity and Social Security Consultation titled "An Earthy Vision" at Balipara, Assam, on 2nd and 3rd December 2010. The theme of this consultation is "Optimizing Biodiversity and Social Security in Indian Mining Areas".

Key Objectives:

  • Provide a common platform to scientists and stake holders to start exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas regarding biodiversity, eco-restoration, and social security of mining areas in India.
  • Discuss merits and demerits of models of biodiversity conservation and restoration already in use in mining areas across the world.
  • Propose protocols and good practice guidance for the mining industry regarding the ecological and social security issues.
  • Identify action programmes for ensuring compliance to national and international good practice guidelines for the mining industry.
  • Publication of papers presented by the participants which will provide "state-of-art" actionable reference on the dialogue theme.

Key Outcomes:

  • Networking of biodiversity scientists, social scientists, advocacy groups, restoration consultants, peoples' groups, mining industry personnel and policy makers leading to exchange of ideas and common action programmes.
  • Databank on the subject for future reference.
  • Good practice guidance for mining industry with special emphasis on Indian scenario
  • A white-paper on the theme.


Leadership Support:

  • Ranjit Barthakur, Balipara Foundation
  • Prabir Banerjea, Balipara Foundation
  • Dr. Ashish Ghosh, Centre for Environment and Development
  • Dr. S. Parsuraman, TISS
  • Dr. Erach Bharucha, Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research
  • Dr. P. N. Behera, Dept of Geology, Utkal University
  • Dr. Rameshwar Das, IFP
  • Mr. Sanjay Singh, IFP
  • Mr. Arvind Kumar, IFP
  • Mr. Sharat Singh, SPWD
  • Mr. M. V. Durai, Forest Research Centre
  • Mr. Praj Ranjan, SPWD
  • Dr. Anil Goswami, Rhino Foundation for North East
  • Dr. Aparna Watve, BIOME


Supported by:

- CSIR) Council for Scientific and Industrial Research India

- Tata Institue of Social Science (TISS)

- International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

- Development Alternatives


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