LIVE EXPERIENCE

Conservation is a story of space

Coralie D’Lima & Prafullata Rajput

Curated by Shaira Sequeira Shetty

Date: 15 NOVEMBER 2017

Time: 18:30 – 20:00

Venue: MENEZES BRAGANZA HALL, PANJIM

The science of Conservation is essentially a story of space – a story in which humans interact with wild species, and the natural spaces they inhabit, resulting in consequences depending on the nature and dynamics of the interaction. Dr Coralie D’Lima will tell this story through a historical account of how conservation developed as a science, and by using anecdotes and real-world examples.

Coralie’s talk will comprise of three parts: The traditional relationship between humans and natural spaces, how this relationship has deteriorated with a shift in conservation policy towards a more preservationist approach, and how contemporary strategies have re-established the importance of humans in conservation.

Coralie will apply this discourse to the Indian context. She will illustrate how conservation of species and natural spaces previously occurred through examples (for instance in “sacred groves”, traditional management of the Commons etc.). Thereafter the talk will highlight how a strictly western protectionist paradigm has failed, leading to dire conservation outcomes (such as the ecosystem damage, increased poaching or harvesting, reduced wildlife protection, and displacement of traditional communities and their livelihoods). Finally, the discussion will address contemporary conservation solutions, and how an inclusive approach which maintains the relationship between humans and natural spaces results in conservation successes.

Whereas Coralie’s talk will shed light on the various interdependencies between humans, wild species, and the natural spaces they coinhabit, Dr Prafullata Rajput’s Bharatnatayam dance performance will run parallel to the talk and is meant to lend an audiovisual appeal to the subject. The performance has been conceptualized by Prafullata and choreographed jointly by her Guru Ms S. Durga Lakshmi (MA & MPhil in Bharatnayam), and will be performed by Nrithiya Neelambari and Prafullata.

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Coralie D'lima

Coralie D’lima is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist, interested in coastal social-ecological and other marine systems. She has completed a Masters in Aquatic Ecology through the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) and the University of Bremen, Germany. She also has a PhD in Environmental Sciences from James Cook University, Australia. Her research interests broadly lie in understanding human interactions with other species, with the natural spaces that they inhabit, and the consequences of these interactions. Her research work spans across a diverse array of topics pertaining to wildlife conservation, human-wildlife cooperation, wildlife tourism, sustainability, small-scale fisheries, and fish nutrition. She is a published author and has presented her work at several scientific conferences globally. She is passionate about the conservation of natural spaces, and the sustainable ways in which resources from these spaces can be used by people.

Prafulatta Rajput

 

Prafulatta has been a dancer since her childhood and has pursued learning Bharatnatyam for over a decade.  Her passion is to depict new stories and to explore the fusion of modern stories with this ancient art form of storytelling and expression. She is an Ayurvedic doctor with a medical qualification from the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences and also a member of Central Council of Indian Medicine. She is a yoga teacher too.

In 2015, she got professionally connected with CleanCube, a Canadian Government sponsored research grant to create a sustainable social enterprise for marginalized women in India who would be manufacturing a very unique plant based water filtration medium from their own homes.

Bharatnatyam, Ayurveda and Yoga are the principle areas of interest in her life.

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