Report and Recommendations


International Training Workshop on ECOHYROLOGY

SES, JNU, New Delhi, During 26-29, Nov. 2001.

During the concluding session held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 29th Nov. and chaired by Prof. Raymahasay of IIT, Kanpur, the organiser made brief summary of the workshop proceedings. This can be synthesised as follows:

1. During the half day special session on the western Ghat region of Kerala and Karnataka, a number of presentations were made related to the ecosystem in that region. Of the nine technical papers, the first one by V.Subramanian and V.Ittekkot of Germany dealt with the nature of organic matter in the rivers of Kerala; the second paper by Sujatha and others from the Kerala Forest Research Institute, discussed the ecohydrological investigations being carried out by their Institute on some of the interior watershed regions. The third and fourth papers by Anuradha Verma and Sujit Bajpayee of National HydroPower Corporation dealt with the water quality of rivers in Kerala, karnataka and Goa regions. The fifth paper by Pradeep Kumar of Water resources Institute in Calicut considered the effect of forest clearing on some climatic parameters in the watershed while the sixth presentation by Venkatesh from National Institute of Hydrology focussed on the hydrological and Soil impact of natural and anthropogenic forest disturbances. The seventh speaker Thiruvikramji from Kerala University talked about solute variations in some of the minor water sheds in Kerala while the eighth speaker Raymahasay from Indian Institute of technology, Kanpur showed a modelling approach to understanding the sediment and water geochemical aspects of rivers in general and the last speaker Srinivasa Murthy of Madras University gave a paper on ground water quality in some of the western Ghat region of Tamil Nadu. Thus, the session discussed a wide range of approach to ecohydrological studies of the western Ghat region in Kerala.

2. Based on presentations made as stated above along with the suggestions given by the session chairpersons (Prof. P.S. Ramakrishnan of JNU and professor Narendra Saikya of Nepal), a research proposal on Western Ghats water sheds in Kerala and Karnataka involving a number of institutes working in the areas, with the co-ordination of JNU, will be made and edited by circulation to the participating organisations and finalised before submission to UNESCO.

3. Similarly presentations, numbering thirty-six were made during the other sessions of the workshop dealing on a wide ranging topics and regions. These discussions will be suitably synthesised and an inter regional project proposal will be worked out in consultations with the experts in neighbouring countries for the consideration of suitable regional level funding sources.

4. All the invited speakers and active participants in the Training workshop were given certificate of participation duly signed by the Dean of the School of Environmental Sciences, JNU.