Dear participants and others interested in this important event, we regret to inform you that due to unavoidable  circumstance the above conference is postponed to 2018. Details will be intimated.  kindly keep  visiting the website and get ready for the great event in 2018 -  Organizing secretary.

Pressures on natural resources is on the rise affecting their existence and sustainable utility. vertebrates constitute one of the most imortant constituent of natural resources. This is because vertebrates occupy and interact with biotic and abiotic elements at all trophic levels. So their existence is crucially important in nature. In order to focus attention on vertebrates this is an initiative with special reference to horticultural ecosystems. Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) is a recurring phenomenon arising whenever and wherever humans and wild animals compete for declining resources, mostly around the habitat of the latter. In  majority of these conflicts there is mutual encroachment of each other’s needs resulting in damage and losses to both including deaths. These fatal and damaging encounters are worldwide in occurrence and have been occurring since the dawn of mankind. However, over the past century, these  conflicts have intensified due to the accelerated growth of development activities and the resultant expanded agricultural, horticultural and industrial projects. The problem is aggravated by declining populations of some of the magnificent animals such as Lion (Asiatic 523; African-30,000), Tiger(3200),  Elephant(Asian elephants-39000 to 45000; African elephant-400000), Rhinoceros(29,000), Giraffe(80,000), Polar bear (26,000) etc as well as by  higher rate of reproduction resulting in surplus populations of some animals like  Kangaroo, Blue bull, Wild boar, Red fox, Wolves etc. There are several other groups such as molluscs, marine organisms, reptiles, amphibians and several species of birds resulting in conflict situations.

The major impacts range from injury/death of humans and livestock, loss of crops affecting local and regional food security, damage to infrastructure and disease transmission. Often neglected issues are school absenteeism of children as they are engaged in guarding. Gaurding also deprives the man hours of a farmer which could have been used in other remunerative vocations. The stress of losing crops, horticultural produce,  livestock, probability of injury/death and the accompanying fear and rage towards the conflict causing animals many a times results in indiscriminate killing of wild animals thus creating hostility towards conservation programmes in general and the animal species causing damage to life, livestock and crops in particular. The other factors contributing to HWC are : Climatic change through its effect on the availability of water and habitat, changes  in human values, attitudes and perceptions about HWC, inability of people and institutions to understand the problem thoroughly and consequent mishandling, and most importantly lack of balanced approach towards mitigation of problem taking into consideration hardship faced by the people living with wildlife and conservation of declining but conflict causing animals. The victims of this spiralling crisis mostly are the already impoverished indigenous peoples who are ironically the historical care takers of biodiversity. 

               The pace at which the over consumptive economy is growing places a high demand on natural resources and land for agribusiness, industry, infrastructure and dwellings reducing habitat and resources to wildlife resulting in escalated HWCs. Hence there is a need to update the approaches to mitigate HWCs and find local and regional solutions for each case of conflict. This approach has to be multipronged and has to take into consideration local history of conflict, the preventive measures taken, biology and behavior of conflict causing animals, traditional methods of mitigation, and include community participation after creating awareness and training them in the methods of preventing/resolving conflicts caused by animals. Focusing on these problems, our International conference on HWC will deliberate on the following themes.

  Theme Areas: 

  • Mega vertebrates: Biology, Behavior and pestilent ecology 
  • Small vertebrates: Biology, Behavior and pestilent ecology 
  • Wild herbivores and crop losses with special reference to  Horticultural Ecosystems
  • Wild carnivores and livestock losses
  • Injury and death of humans caused by wlidlife.
  • Zoonosis and wildlife
  • Biology and Behaviour of conflict causing wild animals
  • Mitigation of HWC including compensation
  • Education, Awareness creation including School level programs, framing policies and their implementation 
  • Changes in land use to facilitate habitat improvement and its resources
  • Indigenous people and Human wildlife conflict
  • Ecotourism
  • Inculcating public sympathy and support for co-existence  with wildlife.
  • Population reduction of over populated species as a management tool.
  • Vertebrate pest management in urban and peri urban habitat
  • Management strategies for  vertebrate pest in horticultural  and other cultivated ecosystems

  

    Venue

BENGALURU, INDIA

Bengaluru,  capital city of Karnataka state in the Indian union is one of cities the fastest growing  in the world. This historical city because of its strategic location and salubrious climate has emerged from a pensioners paradise to a centre of excellence for education and research with more than a dozen universities  and colleges, several reputed National and International research centers.

      The state of Karnataka offers splendid attractions for a tourist with vast coastal areas, tropical  forests which are home to the largest population of elephants in India, Tigers, Leopards, (Blue Bull) wild Bison, many species of deer, sloth bear, Nilgai, several species of monkeys and squirrels some of them endangered, deadly snakes including the King cobra, an array of indigenous amphibians with Apoda (legless amphibians found ony in Karnataka), fishes, otters, an impressive Avifauna with birds coming from Siberia, Europe, Australia to breed. here, numerous invertebrates and rich tropical flora. Historical monuments, protected areas and national parks  galore in the state all reachable within a few hours from Bangalore. This apart, the country (India) in itself  a tourists paradise with unparalleled  attractions and economical to wander around.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are invited for oral and poster presentations on the above and related themes. An abstract should not exceed 400 words containing title, authors, author/ addresses/affiliation  and email of the corresponding author. The text should be typed in Times New Roman in font size 12 with 1” (one inch/approximately 2.5cm) margin all around.

Only soft copies should be submitted by email to  on or before 30th June 2017.

Abstract of students should be endorsed by the chairman/major adviser.  

  

Abstract Form                                                   Registration Form

 

 

For further details contact

Organizing Secretary 
Email Id: wildlifeconf@gmail.com