The three-day 2011 Young Ecologists Talk and Interact (YETI) concluded in Guwahati. A number of workable solutions for conservation challenges in the North East have come out of the conference. A panel discussion on “Conservation Challenges in NE India” underlined the need for sharing research output among government departments and researchers. Dr. Ravi Chellam, Director, Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, stressed on the need to bring out conservation issues to larger forums outside the region.
Aparajita Dutta, senior scientist, Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) and Anirban Dutta, research scholar, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) who have been working in Arunachal Pradesh to understand the hunting practices of different tribes in the region, stressed on the need to understand socio-economic and cultural factors that lead to hunting by tribes.
There were a number of oral presentations on the final day on various topics. Workshops were also held in parallel to the panel discussion and covered a range of topics from photography to designing a study and getting the most of out of a scientific paper.
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YETI is such a fantastic initiative fully led and executed by volunteers. Hats-off to the organizers for their passion and conviction. Getting ‘ecological activation’ from students of the North-east would go a long way in setting the stage for workable conservation strategies. Keep it going!