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Forests of the Western Himalaya: Conservation and Restoration of Ecosystem Services in a time of Climate Change

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An IUSSTF sponsored event on "Forests of the Western Himalaya: Conservation and Restoration of Ecosystem Services in a time of Climate Change" in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

Indian PI - Ghazala Shahabuddin, Centre for Environment, Development and Research Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

US PI - Timothy Gregoire, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT

The Himalayas are among the most important eco-regions of the world, sustaining a large part of humanity through the ecosystem services that they provide through climatic and hydrological modulation, nutrient cycling and provisioning biodiversity, thus  supporting millions of agricultural and forest-dependent livelihoods. The ecosystem services hinge upon the varied and extensive forest cover across this region, that is under increasing threat of degradation from over-exploitation, infrastructure development and climate change. The workshop will focus on creating a scientific understanding of the causes of forest degradation, its conservation and restoration, with a special reference to the Western Himalayas, which are as yet under-studied. The meeting proposes to bring together scientists from different disciplines that are required to fully understand and stem the cause-and-effect linkages between human activities and the decline of forest ecosystem services. The Yale School of Forestry, with its unique hundred-year old history of tropical and temperate forest study and management, will bring strong scientific underpinnings to the study and practice of forest conservation and restoration. A special session on sustaining livelihoods will present case studies on successful merging of forest ecosystem services with economic security.  With its eminent participants from Yale and representation from leading ecological research and academic institutions in India, the meeting hopes to create a firm research agenda focusing on forest conservation and restoration in the Himalayas over the next decade. A paper for an international biological journal is expected to be published based on the findings of the workshop.

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