Sustainable Forestry in South Asia – Current Status, Science and Conservation Priorities 7-9th November, 2019, New Delhi, India

Meeting Location: 
New Delhi, India
Meeting date: 
11/07/2019 to 11/09/2019

Introduction

The countries of South Asia span an area of about 5.2 million km2 and have a population of 1.81 billion. They contain almost 25% of the world's population. In South Asian countries, population growth and urbanization have caused immense pressure to convert land from forest to agriculture and from agricultural areas to residential and urban uses with significant impact on ecosystem services. Forests have an increasing human footprint through deforestation/afforestation. In South Asia, trends in forest area from 1985–2014 suggest that in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, forest area decreased considerably whereas it increased in India and Bhutan (FAOSTAT, 2019). These changes cannot be directly linked to population growth alone; for example, although population increased significantly in India, the forest cover did not decline—in contrast, it increased. Although several direct causes such as agricultural expansion, overgrazing, timber extraction, demand for fuelwood, urban expansion and conversion to monoculture plantations, are well known, it is now widely recognized that multiple processes work simultaneously or sequentially to impact forest cover. Recent studies also suggest that in addition to subsistence-driven deforestation such as in northeast India, expansion of large- and small-scale plantations such as Eucalyptus, Casuarina, pines, rubber, oil palm, etc., can drive forest conversions. Economic development, agricultural subsidies, timber concessions, and global economic factors such as a country's foreign debt, etc., can also drive deforestation. Thus, quantifying the drivers of deforestation/afforestation and understanding the impact of these changes on the ecosystem services forests provide requires a more holistic approach. Sustainable forest management involves addressing issues that directly benefit people as well as the environment. Forest conservation involves consideration of environmental, social, political, and ecological aspects; these aspects are well recognized in the land use/cover change community, the NASA LCLUC program (www.lcluc.umd.edu) and SARI (www.sari.umd.edu).

Meeting Objectives       

The purpose of the international meeting is to discuss the latest updates in the forestry sector covering the South Asian countries (India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Myanmar). Myanmar is included as the country links South with Southeast Asian countries. The meeting will be organized around the following sessions with presentations and panel discussions. Specifically, the themes include:

a). Mapping/monitoring of forest cover, plantations, and trees outside forests including degradation in South Asian countries
b). REDD+, GHG emissions in the forestry sector and other land uses
c). Forest fires, post-fire vegetation recovery and dynamics
d). Forest carbon inventory and management 
e). Forest ecosystem functions
f). Impact of land use change on forest biodiversity
g). Social forestry, community forest management, and conservation

Local Host

Prof. J.K.Garg, Senior Fellow, TERI School of Advanced Studies, 10, Vasant Kunj Institutional Area, New Delhi 110078, Email: Jai Garg <gargjk@gmail.com>

US Scientific Support

Dr. Krishna Vadrevu, Remote Sensing Scientist, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, USA; Email: krishnapvadrevu@nasa.gov

Dr. Randolph Wynne, Professor, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech, USA; Email: wynne@vt.edu

Dr. Forrest Fleishmann, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, USA; Email: ffleisch@umn.edu

Dr. Ruth DeFries, Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B), Columbia University, New York; Email: rd402@columbia.edu

Dr. David Skole, Professor, Global Ecology, Remote Sensing and GIS, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University, USA; Email: skole@msu.edu

Dr. Peter Leimgruber, Center Head, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Virginia, USA; Email: leimgruberp@si.edu

Dr. Atul Jain, Professor, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA; Email: jain1@illinois.edu

Dr. Jeff Fox, Senior Fellow, East West Center, Hawaii, USA; Email: FoxJ@eastwestcenter.org

Dr. Valerie Thomas, Associate Professor, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech, USA; Email: thomasv@vt.edu

Dr. Peter Potapov, Research Professor, Dept. of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland College Park, USA; Email: potapov@umd.edu

Dr. Aditya Singh, Assistant Professor, Institute of Food and Agriculture and Biological Engineering, University of Florida, USA; Email: aditya01@ufl.edu

Meeting Venue

Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID) Auditorium, 4, Institutional Area Phase II, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, 110 070, INDIA

http://isid.org.in/auditorium/

Meeting Registration (Mandatory)

In order to facilitate logistics (name badges, agenda, food, etc.), registration is mandatory.

https://lclucmeeting.wufoo.com/forms/sari-forestry-meeting-new-delhi-india/

Nearby Hotels

The Grand New Delhi (less than 1-km from Venue)

https://www.thegrandnewdelhi.com/

5 star hotels in Aerocity (about 5 km from Venue)

Pullman Hotel Delhi Airport

http://www.pullmanhotels.com/

JW Marriot Delhi Airport

http://www.jwdelhi.com/

Hotel Pride Plaza

http://www.pridehotel.com/

Hotel Andaz – A concept by Hyatt

https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/india/andaz-delhi/delaz?src=corp_lclb_gmb_seo_swa_delaz

Novotel New Delhi Aerocity Hotel 

https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-7560-novotel-new-delhi-aerocity/index.shtml

3 star hotels in Aerocity New Delhi Airport

Red Fox Hotel Delhi Airport

http://www.lemontreehotels.com/red-fox-hotel/delhi/hotels-delhi.aspx

IBIS New Delhi Aerocity

https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-7484-ibis-new-delhi-aerocity/index.shtml

Lemon tree premier

http://www.lemontreehotels.com/Lemon-tree-premier/delhi/delhi-international-airport.aspx

Malls in Vasant Kunj (2 km from the Venue) (800 m from The Grand Hotel Vasant Kunj) for Shopping and Food Courts.

Ambience, DLF Promonede, Big Bazar (all at same place)

Local Weather

https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/delhi-ny/13753/weather-forecast/334629

Logistics Contact:

Prof. J.K.Garg, Senior Fellow, TERI School of Advanced Studies, 10, Vasant Kunj Institutional Area, New Delhi 110078, Email: Jai Garg <gargjk@gmail.com>

Dr. Krishna Vadrevu, Remote Sensing Scientist, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, USA; Email: krishnapvadrevu@nasa.gov

Local Weather

https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/delhi-ny/13753/weather-forecast/334629