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SOUTH ASIAN CONFERENCE ON SMALL MAMMALS CONSERVATION

  KATHMANDU, NEPAL   |       27-29 AUGUST, 2017

27-29 August 2017

Small Mammals Conservation and Research Foundation is organizing the South Asian Conference in Nepal on conservation issues on small mammals in South Asia for the first time in history.

Although South Asia is bestowed with unique diversity of small mammal fauna, the research on this group of mammals is not so advanced compared to large mammals of the region. Taxonomic research has been conducted in the past. Recently, research in ecology and genetics have been undertaken in South Asia by resident and foreign scientists.

Still, the group is most concerned with conservation of small mammals that has been neglected for a diversity of small-bodied species to include bats, rodents, eulipotyphlans, tree shrews, small carnivores, lagomorphs and pangolins.  These mammals will be the focus of the conference.

The organizing committee takes great pleasure to welcome delegates from different parts of the globe in this three day conference in the lap of the Himalayas.


Participation

The organizing committee expects a maximum of 100 participants; university scholars, representatives of concerned authorities and stakeholders (IUCN SSC group chairs and members, NGOs, INGOs, departments), conservationists, freelance biologists, policy makers and media partners to join the congress from South Asia, South East Asia, Europe, USA and Australia.


Registration

Registration deadline             Closed

 The registration fee for the participants includes Attendance at all sessions, Conference kit (Abstract collection PDF, Conference -programme, Name tag, Certificate of attendance and presentation, note book, pen, a bag), Luncheons, HI-TEA, coffee and snacks.

Note: The registration fee does not include any pre-conference or post-conference tours.

The payment mode and bank details will be sent by after registration.


Abstract submission Guidelines

Abstract for paper or poster presentations can be submitted in any one of the following themes under the conference title

Theme 1: Threats to small mammals -Poaching /Illegal trade, Habitat destruction and disturbances, Climate change.

Theme 2: Can small mammals support community livelihoods?

Theme 3: Significance of small mammals in ecological function and resilience.

Theme 4: Status and taxonomy of small mammals.


Preparing your Abstract

Title page

This should

  • Include a title that, if appropriate, provides an indication of the area of study (≤ 150 characters including spaces).
  • List the full names, institutional and email address for all authors.
  • Indicate the corresponding author/presenter.

Abstract

This should not exceed 500 words and be organized into the following sections:

  • Background/Introduction: this should explicitly explain the rationale and aim of the study.
  • Results
  • Conclusions: this should provide an explanation of the importance and relevance of the study.

Please minimize the use of abbreviations and do not include references.

Keywords

  • A maximum of eight keywords that represent the content of the article.

Deadline for Abstract Submission      Closed


Conference Programme

The conference will be divided into Dr. Chandra Gurung Memorial Plenum and Dr. Pralad B. Yonzon Memorial Plenum. Each Plenum will include key notes and eight oral presentations on the main theme with an effort to represent different small mammals group.

Four Technical sessions will include 30 papers (five to ten papers on each technical session theme). The poster session will include altogether 40 posters (10 posters on each technical session theme). Documentary shows and workshops will be included as additional events.


Best Oral and Poster presentations will be awarded!

GUIDE FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS

GUIDE FOR POSTER PRESENTATIONS


Workshops

Introduction to Quantitative Methods to Survey and Study Mammal Populations and Communities of Southeast Asia

Dr. Michael Cove is a quantitative ecologist that uses traditional methods as well as current noninvasive survey techniques and statistical modeling procedures to study rare and endangered mammal populations and communities both locally and internationally. He has taught several advanced workshops training students in the US and abroad to conduct camera trap surveys, sign surveys, and analyze multi-year monitoring data sets. These methods are applicable to mammals, birds, and herpetofauna.

  • Two days workshop is scheduled during the conference dates (28-29 August) in three sections.
  • On the first section, participants will be introduced to study design principles and applications of different sampling techniques including the use of live-traps, camera traps, acoustic and ultrasound detectors, and radio telemetry (with field demonstrations).
  • On the second section, the participants will learn robust analytical approaches, starting with occupancy modeling and distance sampling, followed by instructor-guided exercises.
  • On the third section, the participants will learn how to analyze capture-recapture data, perform instructor-led exercises, and visit with the instructor about specific questions pertinent to their research and/or data that they have already collected.

Scenario planning for biodiversity conservation

Dr Sarah Milliken is a landscape architect with wide-ranging research expertise, including decision support tools for ecological restoration, the valuation of ecosystem services, and Landscape Character Assessment. She has twenty-five years of teaching experience in universities in the UK, Italy and Ireland. She is currently based at the University of Greenwich, UK.

This participatory workshop will demonstrate the various stages of the scenario planning process using biodiversity conservation in the Kathmandu valley as a case study. Participants will work together to identify the relevant stakeholders and the drivers of change, develop scenario narratives, and analyse the implications of these conceptual futures on conservation policy and practice.Two days workshop is scheduled during the conference dates (28-29 August) in three sections.

Using standardised techniques to enable survey data to inform conservation action

Dr Debbie Bartlett is a landscape architect and principle lecturer at the University of Greenwich, UK. She is particularly interested in the role of agriculture and forestry in shaping the landscape, past and present, and the impact on both natural and cultural heritage. She has received a ‘Best Practice’ award for the MSc Environmental Conservation programme, now the first to be accredited by this professional Institute. She is also a vice convenor for the South East Section, and is UK representative on the Management Committee of the COST Action on traditional coppice woodland in Europe running from 2013 to 2017.

This workshop will explore survey design and the importance of desk study and environmental data collection to mammal surveys.  When and how should Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, Phase 1 type surveys and method statement based approaches be applied?  And how can these help turn data into useful information to enable conservation strategies to be developed?


Accomodation and Food

The residential conference will be held at the Park Village Hotel & Resort, Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu.

Park Village Hotel & Resort

Totally peaceful environment, the only noise in the hotel is the chirping of birds Park Village Hotel and Resort is a verdant oasis set in five acres of tranquil, wooded gardens overlooking the hustle and bustle of central Kathmandu. More than two thousand flowering trees and shrubs cover the grounds and are home to butterflies, dragonflies and nearly 75 species of birds including hoopoes, heron and kingfisher. Park Village is located at the northern edge of the Kathmandu Valley, just below the subtropical Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park, less than half an hour’s drive from central Kathmandu or the airport. The fresh, natural environment coupled with comfortable, well-appointed accommodation, good food, and a lovely outdoor swimming pool make it the perfect place to relax either on arrival in Nepal or at the end of your trek or tour. Please go through the webpage https://ktmgh.com/park-village-resort/ for more information.

For the dinner and accommodation during the conference, the room and dinner facility is available at discounted special rates. Please contact early to confirm your stay for reasonable rate.

Some of the selected participants will be sponsored for the accommodation and fooding throughout the conference.

All the conference participants are requested to contact us (smcrfconference2017@gmail.com) while booking for the discount offer.
Offers are valid booking via SMCRF only.


POST CONFERENCE TOUR

The post tour conference includes visit to Chitwan National Park (CNP) with stay on Maruni Sanctuary Lodge. It’s 3 days and 2 nights package (30 August to 1 September 2017). The package consists of jungle safari, elephant ride and Tharu cultural dance. Please go through the webpage https://ktmgh.com/maruni-sanctuary-lodge/ for more information. 

Chitwan National Park (3 days, 2 night package) 
Rates only for the Conference Participants

Single
USD 130
Double per Person
USD 110

The Chitwan National Park (CNP) has a unique ecosystem of significant value to the world and is a favorite destination for visitors to Nepal. It contains the Churiya hills, oxbow lakes and flood plains of the Rapti, Reu and Narayani Rivers. Approximately 70% of the park vegetation is sal forest and the remaining vegetation types include grassland, riverine forest and chiropine. Sal leaves are used locally for plates in festivals and religious offerings. The grasslands form a diverse and complex community with over 50 species. The Saccharum species, often called elephant grass, can reach upto 8m in height. The shorter grasses such as Imperate species are used for commonly for thatching roofs, mats, rope and paper making. 

There are more than 43 species of mammals in the park. The park is especially renowned for the globally threatened one-horned rhinoceros, tiger, wild elephant, gaur, pangolin, gangetic dolphin, hog deer, four-horned antelope and sloth bear along with many other species of wild animals such as striped hyena, sambar, chital, barking deer, civets, langur and rhesus monkey. 

There are over 500 species of birds in the park. Some of the bird species are the bengal florican, giant hornbill, lesser florican, black stork, white stork, peafowl, red jungle fowl, and different species of egrets, herons, kingfishers, flycatchers and woodpeckers. The best time for bird watching is March and December. 

More than 45 species of amphibians and reptiles occur in the park, some of which are the gharial crocodile, monitor lizard, python, marsh crocodile, cobra, green pit viper and various species of frogs and tortoises. The park is actively engaged in the scientific studies of several species of wild fauna and flora.


Organising Committee

Dr. Maheshwar Dhakal
Joint Secretary
Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation
Singhadurbar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Mr. Man Bahadur Khadka
Director General
Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation
Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal

Mr. Gopal Prakash Bhattarai
Deputy Director General Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr. Ghana Shyam Gurung
Senior Conservation Program Director WWF Nepal Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr. Shant Raj Jnawali
Hariyo Ban Program Biodiversity Coordinator WWF Nepal Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr. Hem Sagar Baral
Conservation Programme
ZSL Nepal Office, PO Box 5867. Kathmandu. Nepal

Mr. Govinda Gajurel
Member Secretary
NTNC, Nepal

Ms. Sarita Jnawali
Project Director
NTNC, Nepal

Dr. Prahlad Thapa
Country Representative
IUCN Nepal

Dr. Nakul Chettri
Program Co-ordinator
Kanchanjunga Landscape
ICIMOD, Nepal

Mr. Prasanna Yonzon
Chief Executive Officer
Wildlife Conservation Nepal
GPO Box 20569
Kathmandu, Nepal

Mr. Ang Phuri Sherpa
Country Director
Red Panda Network
Baluwatar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr. Ranjana Gupta
Head of Department
Central Department of Zoology
Tribhuvan University
Kirtipur, Nepal

Dr. Giovanni Amori
CNR - Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Department of Biology and Biotechnology "Charles Darwin"
Sapienza - University - Zoology
Viale dell'Università 32
00185 Roma – Italy

Dr. Gabor Csorba
Deputy General Director
Hungarian Natural History Museum
H-1088 Budapest, Baross u. 13.

Dr. Rajan Amin
Zoological Society of London
Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY
United Kingdom

Dr. William Duckworth
IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group

Dr. Jim Sanderson
IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group

Dr. Debbie Bartlett CMLI FCIEEM
Program Leader MSc Environmental Conservation
Centre for Landscape Ecology & GIS
Faculty of Engineering and Science
University of Greenwich
Central Avenue,
Chatham Maritime ME4 4TB

Dr. Sarala Khaling
Regional Director
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Regional Office Eastern Himalaya
Theyzong Heem, Development Area
Gangtok-737101, Sikkim, India

Dr. John L. Koprowski,
Professor and Associate Director
School of Natural Resources & the Environment
Wildlife Conservation and Management
N335 Environment & Natural Resources 2
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721 USA

Dr. Jan Schipper
Conservation Research Post-doctoral Fellow
Co-Chair, IUCN-SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group
Arizona State University & The Phoenix Zoo
School of Life Sciences Conservation & Science Dept.
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501 Phoenix AZ. 85008

Dr. Madhu Rao
Director and Regional Technical Advisor
Wildlife Conservation Society
Singapore

Dr. C. Srinivasulu FLS
Assistant Professor
Wildlife Biology & Taxonomy Laboratory
Department of Zoology
University College of Science
Osmania University
Hyderabad, Telangana - 500 007
India

Prof. Gareth Jones
School of Biological Sciences
Life Sciences Building
University of Bristol
24 Tyndall Avenue
Bristol BS8 1TQ

Dr. Tigga Kingston
Co-Chair
IUCN SSC Bat Specialist Group
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Texas Tech University