As is well known, the future of planet earth essentially depends on the protection and conservation of Biological diversity hotspots in the world. Western Ghats — given a World Natural heritage site Status by the World Heritage Committee of the UNESCO — is one of the ten hottest hotspots of biological diversity in the world. It is also a fact that a major part of this world natural heritage is in Kerala.
Dr N Narayanan NairPatron
Dr N Narayanan Nair is the founder Secretary and present Director of Kerala Law Academy. He is the first Ph.D in law from the University of Kerala and holds several academic records. He holds the record for being the longest serving Syndicate Member as well as Senate Member of the University of Kerala in the history of the University. He served in the Faculty, Board of Studies and Academic Council of several universities and in the Examination Boards for evaluation and grant of PhDs and in the paper setting Board of the Union Public Service Commission for Civil Service Examinations. He is presently Managing Trustee of the Bar Council of Kerala Trust and Executive Committee member of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) and member of the Bar Council of Kerala continuously for the past 23 years and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Bar Council of Kerala for the past 15 years. He played a pivotal role in establishing the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) and served as the Vice-Chancellor of the NUALS from 01.06.2007 to 31.12.2008.
Dr. Glen BarryAcademic Convener and Coordinator
Dr. Glen Barry is an internationally recognized environmental advocate, scientist, writer and technology expert. He is well-known within the environmental community as a leading global ecological visionary, public intellectual, and environmental policy critic committed to communicating the severity of global ecological crises - and related justice, rights and equity issues - while actively proposing, advocating, and organizing with others sufficient solutions to achieve global ecological sustainability. He is a scientist in political ecology with expert proficiencies in old forest protection, climate change, and environmental sustainability policy and ecology.
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Prof. M. K. PrasadEnvironmentalist
Prof. M. K. Prasad is one of India’s best known environmentalists, who has been at the forefront of movements to save the environment in his native state of Kerala for over four decades and one of best known evangelists for sane environmental management. Prof. Prasad held various positions in Kerala Government Colleges as Botany Professor and Principal, rising to become the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Calicut. In the 1960s and 70s, he was the public face of the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP) – the peoples’ science movement in that state in its landmark struggle to save the Silent Valley tropical rain forest in Southern India. He had helped strengthening the KSSP’s Integrated Rural technology Centre in Mundur, Palakkad district, Kerala and as the Director for three years, oversaw the institute’s many innovations in the area of non-conventional energy device for rural households. Prof. Prasad is a trustee of Salim Ali Foundation. Prof Prasad has been a member of the United Nations’ Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Board throughout its five year long tenure and remains a life member and active participant in the activities of the World Wide Fund of Nature (WWF) – India and of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN-CEC). In India, Prof Prasad Chairs the Programme Advisory Committee of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation’s (MSSRF) Agro Biodiversity Centre, in Wayanad, Kerala and serves as a member of the Governing Council of the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) and of the Kerala State Biodiversity Board. He is also member of Centre for Science and Environment, Bombay Natural History Society, Water Resources Society of India, and Greenpeace India Prof. Prasad has authored numerous books and monographs in Malayalam on environmental issues and popular science and co-authored a techno-economic and socio-political assessment of the Silent Valley Hydro Electric project (1979). By his writings and his crusades held and inspired, Prof. Prasad brought global attention to these environmental issues - exposure which ultimately helped reverse flawed planning decisions. He continues to involve himself in all issues that impact the human environment in the world around him.
Dr. V. S. VijayanChairman, Salim Ali Foundation
Dr. V. S. Vijayan is the Chairman of Salim Ali Foundation and Former Chairman of Kerala Biodiversity Board. Established in memory of the late Dr. Sálim Ali, the father of Indian ornithology, the Sálim Ali Foundation (SAF) is committed to conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. Dr V.S.Vijayan was a student of the late Sálim Ali and has worked extensively on birds, forest and wetland ecosystems, and conservation issues in India both at the field and policy level. He began his professional career as a Scientist with Kerala Forest Research Institute, where he played a key role in the Silent Valley movement. Later, he spent 10 years with the Bombay Natural History Society where he led a multidisciplinary team to study the complex wetland ecosystem of Bharathpur National Park. He later founded and served as the Director of the Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Anaikatty, Coimbatore for 14 years. Through his career he has guided several students to work on ornithology and wetland conservation. His interests lie predominantly in wetland ecology, sustainable use of resources, ornithology, education and public awareness building, and bridging the gap between field realities and environmental/ conservation policies at a national level.
Dr K C SunnyDean, Faculty of Law, University of Kerala
Dr K C Sunny is Dean, Faculty of law and Professor and Head, Department of Law, Kerala University. He is also the Chairman of Board of Studies in Law of Kerala University. He has published one book, 29 research papers and 22 articles in popular magazines and presented papers in 11 international conferences and 70 National conferences. As an expert in election law, he was International observer to the Nepal Constituent Assembly elections in 2008 and Bangaladesh National Parliamentary election in 2008 . He is the Editor of Kerala University Journal of Legal Studies and a Human Rights activist with a leaning towards ecology. His lecture on Human Rights and Bioethics at the Law School, Hindu University Varanasi, India on 20-01-2011 assumes special significance in connecting Human rights with bioethics and ecology. He was member of Kerala State Legal Services Authority (1998-2001), Govt. Committee to Formulate Norms for Fixing the Fair Value of Land (2000-2001), Governing Body, State Council of Educational Research and Training (1998-2001), Government Committee for Human Rights Education (2000). He is presently member, Board of Studies of Bangalore University, Pondicherry University, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Madurai Kamaraj University, M.G. University, Kottayam and Member, Academic Council, National Law University, Kochi. He is the Programme Chairman of the Annual Conference on law, Regulations and Public Policy (LRPP) held every year in Singapore.
Dr S SankerFormer Scientist, Kerala Forest Research Institute
Dr S Sankar is former scientist of the Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI), Peechi, Thrissur, Kerala. He is an expert in the field Forestry Science, Wildlife and Sociology. He has several studies to his credit and has led several expert committees in environmental impact assessment of projects and on issues related to impact on forests and wildlife. His studies include human ecology in Attappady Reserve, a phytogeographical analysis of Biodiversity of Silent Valley in 1992, ecological conditions of Rattan (Cane) growing areas with special reference to soil properties, cropping systems of Tribes of Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala and the role of Shola forests in maintaining water courses in the high ranges of the Western Ghats in Kerala. A study by a team of the Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI) led by Dr. S Sankar in 2010 identified the Vazhachal forests in Thrissur district as an elephant corridor housing rich riparian ecosystem, placing the area high on the ladder of conservation value and found the small tract between the Athirappilly waterfalls and Poringal powerhouse (which will be disturbed by the proposed hydro electric project at Athirappally) as an animal corridor connecting the southern Idamala valley forests and the northern Nelliampathy forests.
Dr Lekshmi NairPrincipal, Kerala Law Academy
Dr Lekshmi Nair is Professor and Principal of Kerala Law Academy. She is a first rank holder from the University of Kerala as well as a winner of several awards including University Merit Scholarship for B.A (History) for the years 1984-86 and the Cullen Award of the University for Outstanding and Meritorious Performance in Post graduate studies. She has done several studies in Human Rights and Environmental Law, in which she specializes and has participated in several conferences and academic sessions on Human Rights and Environmental Law including the Advanced Core Professional Training Programme on Humanitarian Law and Policy of the UN at the Harvard University, USA in 2009. She has immense experience as Convener to several Environmental Law Seminars and Environmental Litigation Workshops.
Dr. Sairam BhatAssociate Professor, National Law School of India University
Dr Sairam Bhat is Associate Professor at National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India. He did his LL.M and Ph. D from the Department of Law, University of Mysore. He was awarded the ‘Young India Environmental Law Fellowship’ and served as Adjunct Faculty at Golden Gate University, California, USA, during the Fall, 2003. He was a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow at the Georgetown University, Washington DC, during Aug-Dec. 2010. He was the ‘Editor’ of Kare Law Journal in 2005 and 2006 and his publications include: Co-Authored: SAIRAM BHAT ‘Environmental Law for Law Practitioners’, CEERA, NLSIU , Editor: SAIRAM BHAT: Law Relating to Business Contracts in India, SAGE, India 2009; Author: SAIRAM BHAT; Natural Resources Conservation Law, SAGE ; Author: SAIRAM BHAT; Right to Information, Eastern Book House, 2012.
Dr A Biju kumar Associate Professor and Head, Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala
Dr. A. Biju Kumar is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala and Member, Senate and Chairman, Board of Studies (Aquatic Biology) of the University of Kerala. He had served as Scientific Officer, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, State Nodal Officer of National Green Corps (the school eco club scheme of Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India), Member Secretary-in-Charge and Principal Scientific Officer, Kerala State Biodiversity Board and Chief Editor of Science India (Monthly National Science Magazine). He is a first rank holder from the University of Kerala as well as a winner of several awards including UGC CSIR Fellowship and Young Scientist Award by Govt. of Kerala and Indian Academy of Environmental Sciences. He has served as member of several expert committees in the field of biodiversity including the committee constituted by Kerala State Council on Science, Technology and Environment to prepare Kerala State Environment Report, High level committee for River Management Fund constituted by the Revenue Department, Government of Kerala, the Expert committee of Kerala Forests and Wildlife Department to identify Gene Pool Conservation Areas (GPCA) in Kerala State and Committee of State Planning Board and Kerala Institute of Local Administration on Thematic Area (Watershed, Agriculture, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development). He had also presented papers at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Mexican Academy of Sciences, Ambo University, Ethiopia and Adelaide University, Australia.
Shri. V. HarilalConvenor, Energy Sub Committee, Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad
V Harilal is presently the Convener of Energy Sub Committee of the Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad (KSSP), the peoples’ science movement of Kerala. He had earlier functioned as Convener of Environment Subject Committee, KSSP, as former Secretary of the Thiruvananthapuram District unit of KSSP and as extension faculty member of the Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) on thematic areas like Watershed, Irrigation, Local level sustainable development. He is also Member of the Committee constituted by Government of Kerala to give permission to Cut Trees in Government land.
Nagaraj NarayananProgramme Coordinator
Nagaraj Narayanan is Managing Partner and Lawyer at M/s Nagaraj Associates, engaged in legal practice in the High Court of Kerala, Cochin and he is a post graduate in Public Law and International Law. He is involved in public interest environmental litigation especially in litigations for conservation of biodiversity and ecological balance of Western Ghats. He is Adjunct Professor at the Kerala Law Academy, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala and Academic Council member of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Cochin, Kerala.