Short-term course on Environment and Rural Development

CISED
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and
Development
ISEC Campus, Nagarabhavi, Bangalore 560 072
Tel: 080-2321-7013/2321-5804, Fax:2321-7008
Email: cised@isec.ac.in, Web: www.cised.org

2 June 2006

Subject: Short-term course on Environment and Rural
Development

Dear Madam/Sir,

Greeting from CISED, Bangalore. I am writing to you to
inform that we in Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies
in Environment and Development (CISED) are organising a
two week short-term course on 'Environment and Rural
Development'. CISED is a Centre of Excellence being
promoted by Institute of Social and Economic Change,
Bangalore.

During our own research on NRM based issues we realised
that researchers, and more so practitioners and policy
makers, find it difficult to follow the rapidly
changing debates on various issues. The course we have
designed is meant to expose participants to basic
concepts, debates, analytical approaches and emerging
issues in the area of NRM-based Rural Development,
particularly forests and water. The course is targeted
towards senior members in NGOs and activist groups,
doctoral students and fresh Ph.D's, journalists and
policy-makers who work on questions of NRM-based rural
development and others who are interested in developing
their analytical capacity in this area. Details of the
course and application form are attached herewith.

We will be keen to get quality applications from among
the students/staff of your organisation for this
course. We will appreciate if you could put our
advertisement on your notice board and encourage your
students/staff to apply.

With sincere regards,

Sharachchandra Lele
Course Coordinator

CISED
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and
Development
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ANNOUNCEMENT

SHORT-TERM COURSE ON
ENVIRONMENT & RURAL DEVELOPMENT:
Concepts and Debates for Practitioners and Researchers

Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and
Development is organising a two-week course on
Environment and Rural Development. This course is meant
to expose participants to basic concepts, debates,
analytical approaches and emerging issues in the area
NRM-based Rural Development, particularly forests and
water.

Background
The last few decades have seen a dramatic increase in
attention given to resource and environmental issues in
rural development. Various streams of concern have
converged in this context, including the role of
natural resources in poverty alleviation, the links
between rural natural resource management (NRM),
biodiversity conservation and climate change, and the
questions of decentralised governance in a globalising
economy and ecology. Rural development practitioners
and analysts are confronted with rapidly changing
debates that are often filled with jargon, talking at
cross-purposes, resting on divergent assumptions and
utilising inadequate scientific knowledge. Buzzwords
such as CPR management, IWRM, ecosystem services,
gender analysis, good governance, etc. keep emerging
and disappearing before they can be internalised.

Purpose
This interdisciplinary course is aimed at going 'back
to basics', i.e., revisiting and internalising the
fundamental concepts, theories and debates in NRM-based
rural development, and thereby building long-term
capacity to examine and analyse emerging issues in this
area, particularly forests, common lands and water.

Audience
The course is targeted towards senior members in NGOs
and activist groups, doctoral students and fresh PhDs,
journalists and policy-makers who work on questions of
NRM-based rural development and others who are
interested in developing their analytical capacity in
this area.

Course content
The topics covered in the course will include basic
development theory, especially the agriculture-rural
development linkage, the emergence of environmental
concerns and their various forms, alternative theories
of the environment-development linkage and of
environmental degradation (environmental economics, CPR
theory, political ecology, gender analysis, etc.), and
related natural science concepts, particularly in
forest ecology and hydrology. Latest analyses of
current issues and programmes in south Asia such as
JFM/CFM, PIM, watershed development, tribal forest
rights, etc. will be used as case study material to
illustrate the concepts and theories.

Course structure
The course will be approximately 2 weeks long (10
working days), and will involve lectures, group
discussions, assignments and documentaries. The course
instructors will include faculty from CISED/ISEC, as
well as several other eminent resource persons. Strong
emphasis will be laid on linking up the various topics
to provide coherence and continuity.

Course dates, logistics and costs
The course will be held during 4-14 October 2006. The
venue of the course will be the ISEC seminar annexe.
Outstation participants will be put up at the ISEC
Guest House.

Most of the course costs are being supported by the
Indo-Canadian Environment Facility. Participants are
expected to cover their travel costs and pay Rs.1,000/-
as a nominal course fee. Local hospitality will be
provided by CISED. A few scholarships will be available
for needy applicants.

Applications and fee payment
Applications should be submitted in the attached format
to the undersigned by July 31st, 2006. This form can
also be downloaded from the CISED website
(www.cised.org). Filled in applications can be sent
either by email or through post to the course
coordinator. Applicants will be informed of the
decision by 15 August 2006. Selected candidates must
send the course fees as soon as they are informed of
their selection.

Sharachchandra Lele
Course Coordinator

Praveen Singh
Course Associate

Phone: +91-(80)-2321-7013
Email: trg-cised@isec.ac.in