Restoring Climate-sensitive Oak Forests in the Eastern Himalayas

Restoring Climate-sensitive Oak Forests in the Eastern Himalayas

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Sikkim Himalayas host nearly half of the country’s birds, butterflies, wild trees, orchids, and rhododendrons, and about a third of the country’s flowering plants. The extensive Oak and conifer forests are the foundations of this rich biodiversity.

In this talk, Dr Sandeep Tambe will examine the multifunctional role a keystone species such as the Oak plays in providing ecosystem services, and why the Oak-Conifer forests of Sikkim, one fifths of which have been degraded, have not been able to recover and regenerate on their own.

Join us as he draws from his experience of leading a pilot Oak restoration project, and explains the need to move beyond simple afforestation approaches to a more holistic ecological restoration approach – comprising capacity building, policy changes, creation of multi locational pilots, restoration manuals, and native (Oak) nurseries.

About the Speaker:

Dr Sandeep Tambe first came to Sikkim as a Divisional Forest Officer about 25 years ago, and made significant contributions to the state with Dhara Vikas – a government program aimed at creating water security in drought prone districts through spring-shed development.

Today, he is the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (APCCF) as well as the Chief Wildlife Warden, Sikkim, and is in the process of launching restoration projects in the degraded patches of the State’s megadiverse Oak forests.

Sandeep understands Sikkim, its people and the workings of its government better than most, and as the APCCF is well positioned to helm the state’s Oak restoration efforts.

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28-03-2024 @ 16:00 to
28-03-2024 @ 17:00

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