Working with nature, not against it: a new business paradigm” Balipara Foundation’s Naturenomics™ Team participates in a global Think Tank for Greening the Economy
The Green Economics Conference, Oxford, UK, June 2017
Members of the Balipara Foundation attended the Green Economics Conference in Oxford over a 3-day Event from 10th-12th June 2017 and presented their efforts towards community-based conservation efforts in the Eastern Himalayas. Ranjit Barthakur, Founding Trustee of the Balipara Foundation spoke on behalf of Tata Consultancy Services and presented his ideas on 'Working with nature, not against it: a new business paradigm'.
Saurav Malhotra, who is associated with the Udalguri Landscape Mission project in Assam spoke on how social and economic mobility can act as catalysts for conservation efforts. Mansi Parikh, who looks after strategy and partnerships gave insights on Balipara Foundation's new efforts on creating a digital platform to unify Asian Elephant Conservation efforts - Elephant Country. The talks were received with much appreciation and they brought a lot of practical insight into the conference. This opportunity also brought the Eastern Himalayas in the limelight as one of the few biodiversity hotspots of the world and the efforts being undertaken for its protection.
The Conference had participants from over 22 Countries - UK, USA, Senegal, Nigeria, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Malta, Germany, France, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Ireland and etcetera. The conference is designed to create a unique global discourse of social and environmental justice, inclusion, fairness, resilience, survivability, and reforming mainstream economics and creating new discourses which can allow the human species to survive another 10,000 years. Participation at the Conference gave us social insights into the world of finance and how India could source funds for more community centered project and we learnt about the importance of international cooperation to change legislation and lead to change.
Green Economics synonymous to Naturenomics™, as defined by the founder Miriam Kennett – is the green movement's challenge to mainstream orthodoxy in economics and it is gaining ground globally and in the corridors of power as the best alternative to solving climate change, the credit crunch, poverty and biodiversity losses. It is about reclaiming the practices and policies of economics, for all people everywhere, nature, other species, the planet and its systems. It is about provisioning for the needs, impacts, effects and responsibilities, for everyone and everything on the planet.
The Green Economics Institute was founded in the United Kingdom in 2004 and has grown into one of the largest green research centres in the world. It is an international non-governmental, non-profit organization which operates in 47 different countries, leading a global movement for change through green economics. It is operated by a core team of 20 economists and researchers, including Miriam Kennet and Volker Heinemann, and directs a network of 5000 professionals on whose work it can draw for specialist inputs into bids and projects. It publishes an international networking magazine, The Green Economist. The Institute also offers a Masters in Green Economics and runs a large international internships programme during the summer.
Ranjit Barthakur, Founder trustee, Balipara Foundation presents on 'Working with nature, not against it: a new business paradigm”
Mansi Parikh & Saurav Malhotra at the Green Economics Conference hosted by Green Economics Institute