Biodiversity Awareness Workshop using Open Source Geospatial (FOSS4G) Tools
20thAugust 2015
CCE Lecture Hall (Next to IISc Student's Hostel Office, behind JRD Tata Main Library), IISc
Organised by
osgeo EWRG
IIIT-H
APN
 
Co-ordinators:
 
Venue:
CCE Lecture Hall (Next to IISc Student's Hostel Office, behind JRD Tata Main Library), IISc campus
(tel no 080-2293 3503)
 
Schedule on:
20th August  2015, 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

Western Ghats, a global biodiversity hotspot, is facing huge crisis due to developmental demands. While this poses a biodiversity management challenge, localised studies and disparate datasets limit the ability to upscale studies/results to a level that can provide actionable inputs to decisi on makers and planners. New and innovative methods using geospatial technology can help bridge this gap if stakeholders have access not only to the data but also to the appropriate tools for informed decision making. This activity will train participants to equip policy makers and other stakeholders converting science-questions to an appropriate geospatial query that can provide the right insights/answers drawing upon the data base. As a part of the proposed activity, OSGeo-India along with the Energy & Wetlands Research Group, CES, Indian institute of Science, Bengaluru would like to begin an initiative to equip stakeholders of Biodiversity of Western Ghats of Karnataka state to harness the state of art open source geospatial technology tools at multiple levels, viz., mobile, desktop and web platforms. Toward this goal, one day stakeholder workshop, has been planned.

The one day biodiversity awareness workshop is scheduled on 20th August 2015 for a cross section of stakeholders, such as NGOs, Students, State Biodiversity Board officials, Forest department officials and line agencies impacting on Biodiversity.

The topics to be covered during the workshop include the following.
1. An overview of Western Ghats biodiversity and the need for Spatial data- Limitations and lacunae in current understanding based on description, monitoring and management of biodiversity.
2. How Spatial data helps provide the larger perspective for systemic understanding
3. Demonstration and Case studies of Applications of desktop, web and mobile GIS in management of biodiversity
4. Plan for int ensive two week TOT workshops, utility of the trai nees and mainstreaming capacity building in the respective agencies using FOSS4G tools.
5. Open Discussion session to highlight the challenges in the State for adoption and use of Geospatial and related technologies and
6. Identifying and nominating a state level nodal agency for follow-up activiti es in the use of open source GIS for Biodiversity.

Workshop Schedule

 
 
 
 
 
 
 20th August 2015
8:30 AM
Registration
9:00 - 10:30 AM
Inauguration,
Programme overview (objectives and background)– S N Prasad
Western Ghats Biodiversity – Rethinking on BMC’s – M D. Subash Chandran
10:30 AM
Coffee/Tea
11:00 to 12:00 PM
India Biodiversity Portal – R. Prabhakar
12:00 to 12:30 PM
Sacred Groves – Rajasri Ray
12:30 to 01:00 PM
Ecologically Sensitive Regions in Uttara Kannada
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch break
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Scope and potentiality of open source tools and technology in biodiversity conservation – R C Prasad and Gowtham Gollapalli
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Bhuvan Portal: Case studies – Arul Raj
5:00 PM
Tea / Coffee
5:30 – 6:00 PM
Interactive sessions - Identifying and nominating a state level nodal agency for follow-up activities in the use of open source GIS for Biodiversity

Registration form to be mailed to – Dr. T.V. Ramachandra, Energy & Wetlands Research
Group, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012
on or before 1st August  2015

Contact,
T.V. Ramachandra
Energy & Wetlands Research Group
Centre for Ecological Sciences,
Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore 560 012, India
Phone- 080-22933503 extn 107
Email - cestvr@ces.iisc.ernet.in,
energy@ces.iisc.ernet.in
web: http://ces.iisc.ernet.in/energy