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Café Scientifique: Mountains, Focus on Western Ghats

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Date(s) - 05/11/2014
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Alliance Française de Trivandrum


cafe scientific Café Scientifique on 5 November , 6.00pm @ Alliance Française de Trivandrum.

The Café Scientifique is a discussion platform to bring common man nearer to science and scientific issues. In the second edition the focus will be on Western Ghats. The primary objective is to bring the issues related to Western Ghats into focus. The Western Ghats is a more or less uninterrupted mountain chain, about 1500 km long, from RiverTapi to Kanayakumari. It is a synonym for richness of biodiversity and endemic species. The entire Western Ghats is considered as on of the hottest Biodiversity Hotspots in the world.
It is an interactive session .The presentations will be followed by Q and A, to help an open discussion on Western Ghats where concerns of common man can be raised.
The key note speakers are:
Prof. E. Kunhikrishnan, Retd. Associate Professor and Head, Dept of Zoology, University College, Trivandrum, will give a historical perspective on the biodiversity and ecology of the Western Ghats.
Dr. Thara K.G, Head, Disaster Management Center, Institute of Land and Disaster Management, Trivandrum, will highlight the ecological significance of Western Ghats, and attempt to assess and compare how effective the Gadgil and Kasturirangan reports are in ensuring protection of this highly sensitive zone.
Veena M, Environment educationist, will focus on the viability of dams and its impact on the flora and fauna of Western Ghats. The water resources manipulated for human usage and how it affects the ecosystem will also be discussed. 

The Café Scientifique  will be organized once every two months at Alliance Française de Trivandrum. Each session will discuss a new topic related to scientific questions affecting common man.
Entry is free.