The Young and the Restless

ATREE, the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore is a vibrant group of researchers who share a serious concern of the world we live in and the world we are likely to leave for our grandchildren...

The organisation does many things, including publishing the journal Conservation & Society on behalf of an informal alliance of natural and social scientists to promote interdisciplinary research in conservation and to foster communication among scientists, resource managers, educators and policy makers.

Conservation & Society is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary open access journal dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practice of conservation. The journal draws on both natural and social sciences and covers basic and applied research in areas including but not restricted to political ecology, human-wildlife conflicts, decentralised conservation, conservation policy, ecosystem structure and functioning, systematics, community and species ecology, behavioural ecology, landscape ecology, restoration ecology and conservation biology. The journal publishes submitted and commissioned articles, debates and discussions, editorials, book reviews, comments and notes.

Conservation & Society, an open access journal, published and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, is published four times a year in both hard copy and electronic formats. The journal is of interest to academics, researchers, teachers, naturalists, policy makers, planners, resource managers and media professionals. It aims to serve as a bridge between conservation practitioners from a wide array of disciplines and therefore seeks to disseminate work presented in an integrative and simple manner that is accessible to individuals from disciplines ranging from the natural and social sciences to the humanities.

Their contributors are impressive, and given the issues at hand, of considerable global standing. Guest editors for different special issues have been Jesse C Ribot, Ashwini Chhatre and Tomila Lankina: Choice and Recognition in Local Democracy, Jim Igoe and Dan Brockington: Engaging Neoliberal Conservation, Bram B├╝scher, Conrad Steenkamp and William Wolmer: The Politics of Engagement between Biodiversity Conservation and the Social Sciences, Jeffrey Kaufmann: New Perspectives on Conservation in Madagascar, and Mahesh Rangarajan and Ghazala Shahabuddin: Debates on relocation.

We list them in our Open Access Journals section, along with Current Conservation, a sister publication …about which, more in a few days.

ATREE was established in 1996 to combine principles of natural and social sciences to conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable development; and, to build the necessary social and human capital needed to address our most pressing environmental challenges. ATREE deals with issues relating to India's rapidly diminishing biological resources and natural ecosystems, and the environmental, and the social and economic dimensions and implications of this decline. ATREE has a network of four offices and various field stations across India, through which it works to develop social and human capital to address environmental issues at the local, regional and national levels.

The programmes at ATREE are designed to enhance the prospects for conservation by working with civil society, local communities, and policy makers on the one hand, and by scientific research on the other. Activities are organised under interdisciplinary research combined with action, education, and outreach, including policy and governance reforms. ATREE's strength lies in its ability to integrate these activities into coherent programmes that generate and disseminate new knowledge, and foster innovative change in the way environmental problems are tackled.

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