Actionable Steps for Ecosystem Restoration in India
Speakers & Topic
Dr. Prakash Jha, PhD
Topic : Ecological Restoration and Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes

Dr. Prakash Kumar Jha is a researcher at Feed the Future Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab, Kansas State University, USA. He works in the field of crop modeling, geospatial science, agricultural Physics, climate and environmental sciences. He has PhD in Agronomy from Michigan State University, USA. He did his Masters in Environmental Sciences from IARI, New Delhi and bachelors in agricultural sciences from Banaras Hindu University. He has published several research papers in international Journals and presented papers at International conferences on water management and computer application in agriculture. He has served as a board member for two years (2016-2018) in the American society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America. He is community chair of Agronomy in Africa for American Society of Agronomy. He is life time member of American Geophysical Union, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science and Association of Agricultural Scientist of Indian Origin.

Mr. Rituraj Phukan
Topic: Biodiversity and wildlife restoration

Rituraj Phukan is an environmental writer, adventurer & naturalist based out of Assam. As the National Coordinator for Biodiversity for The Climate Reality Project India, Chief Operating Officer of Walk For Water, and Secretary General of Green Guard Nature Organization, he facilitates awareness and action on the 3 W’s – Warming, Water and Wildlifeworking with all stakeholders including indigenous communities, students, civil society, business and media, for a positive societal impact. Having worked extensively at the grassroots, he says “Water is the local issue of global climate change, for people, and for biodiversity.” He is driven by concerns over glacial loss in the ‘water towers’ of Asia and is currently working on an initiative to mobilize civil society action in the countries of the Himalayan region. Rituraj was personally trained as a Climate Reality Leader by Nobel Laureate Al Gore and was featured in the former US Vice-President’s 2017 book ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’. He authored the chapter “Biodiversity in a warming world” in the Amazon No.1 Bestseller ‘Climate Abandoned,’ a book launched in the USA on Earth Day 2019. Rituraj has personally experienced the impacts of climate change in Antarctica and across the Arctic region. He has delivered presentations and talks in Malaysia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, South Africa and Bangladesh, and participated in deliberations in the USA, Canada, Argentina, Denmark, Thailand, Mexico and Turkey. He is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and sits on the board of civil society groups in the Americas, Europe and Australia.

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Mr. Navneet Yadav
Topic: Disaster risk reduction and ecological restoration

Navneet Yadav is the Associate Director at ‘Doers’- a Shimlabased humanitarian organization working towards resilience and sustainability in the Himalayan region of India. He has 16 years of experience of dealing with issues pertaining to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation while serving renowned national and international organizations. Mr. Yadav has served the Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority under the Govt of India-UNDP DRR Programme in 2011-2012, the time marked by the several groundbreaking initiatives on Disaster Risk Management in the state. He was a part of the core team which carried out the Hazard, Vulnerability & Risk Analysis (HVRA) of Himachal Pradesh as well as Shimla city. Besides his work in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction, he has also got field-based experience of working in humanitarian response programs after the 2005 Kashmir Earthquake and 2013 Himalayan Region floods. He is a Visiting Faculty for DRR-related issues at various state-level institutions including HP Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) and is a prominent Resource Person at the State Disaster Management Authority.

Mr. Bhavesh Swami

Bhavesh has more than fifteen years of experience working with national/international organizations, govt bodies, policy institutes, and NGOs in various capacities. He helped set the ball rolling for NCR’s biggest Renewable Energy Park in Gurgaon, a collective effort by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Haryana Government and ADEME, The French Development Agency. Working on a World Bank and GEF (Global environment Facility) project, he helped percolate the benefits of resource efficiency among the Indian SME fraternity. His project with Indian industries has helped reduce 2 million tons of CO2 over its cumulative timeframe. These efforts got featured in the India’s submission at UNFCCCs as a ‘Project worth emulating’. He is a climate reality leader since 2011 and has delivered climate change talks to thousands of students, teachers and other civic society representatives across the length and breadth of India.