Maria's Climate Change and Conservation Congress

About Sc3x
The Sc3x event is the regionally organized Student Climate & Conservation Congress, organized by Maria’s Public School (MPS), Guwahati, Assam, India, which introduces the Green School Alliance to some of the leading schools of Guwahati, which have been significantly undertaking projects and programmes related to Environmental Awareness and Conservation. Through this 3 day spanned event, MPS is trying to introduce the different Green Activities of the school over the past few years and share the experience that the students and teachers have had during Sc3 2015 & 2016, with Students, Principals and Teachers, participating from the Guwahati Schools. The participants get to interact with representatives who have come from the Green Schools Alliance, USA and delegates from our International Partner School from Australia. The Sc3x event also tries to give the participants a chance of knowing some of the most prominent naturalists, scientists, conservationists and experts from Assam, as they share wonderful stories of their own journey through conservation. Empowerment of the teaching faculty through educational methods like the ‘Open Space Technology’ also forms an important part of this introductory event to be held at the MPS School Campus at Birkuchi, Narengi, and the NEDFi Convention Center, Guwahati, Assam.

Plenary Speakers for 3rd Nov, 2016
Dr. Bibhuti Prasad Lahkar Dr. Lahkar has been associated with Wildlife Conservation since 1993 with Aaranyak. He completed his M.Sc. in Zoology with specialization in Ecology and Wildlife Biology from the Gauhati University, Assam. He was pioneer to start research work on grassland ecology in Assam and he received his PhD degree from the same University on ‘Ecology and Management of Grassland with special reference to Grass and Bird Communities in Manas National Park, Assam’. Currently Dr. Lahkar is involved with Research and conservation of Elephant and its habitats in Assam. Since 2005, he is leading the Elephant Research and Conservation Division of Aaranyak, Assam and monitoring elephant population and human elephant conflict in Manas, Golaghat and Dihing Patkai landscape. He has received IUCN Heritage Hero Award in 2016 for his outstanding contribution towards conservation of Manas World Heritage Site from IUCN World Heritage Programme and World Commission on Protected Areas. Dr Lahkar is the only Asian to receive this award.
Archita Baruah Bhattacharyya Mrs. Archita Baruah Bhattacharyya, Coordinator, Assam & AP State Office,
WWF-India is a Gold medalist in M.Sc from Gauhati University who obtained her M.Phil. from Delhi University. Starting her career as a Lecturer in Handique Girls’ College - Guwahati, Mrs. Bhattacharyya has 18 years of experience of working in various fields such as teaching, research, environment, etc. While working in WWF-India, Secretariat, New Delhi, she took active part in inculcating love for environment among the school children of Delhi-NCR, Punjab-Amritsar. She successfully handled many projects involving school children viz. Young Climate Savers’ (YCS), Wild Wisdom Quiz and also led WWF-India’s Nature Clubs of India (NCI) project. She joined the Assam State Office of WWF-India in 2012 and was the pioneer in implementing ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) programme in Assam.
Udayan Borthakur Udayan is a freelance wildlife photographer and explorer, wandering into the wilderness of India and abroad for past more than a decade. His photography appears in several magazines, books and reports of national and international repute. Udayan Borthakur is currently working as a wildlife biologist in Aaranyak, as the founder head of Wildlife Genetics Division. He has 14 years of experience in the field of ecological and genetic research and has previously worked in places like University of Chicago, USA, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun and Bombay Natural History Society.  He has so far conducted population genetic research work on several threatened species such as tiger, greater one-horned rhino, several bird species in India, white-bellied heron and snow leopards in Bhutan and Javan and Sumatran rhinos in Indonesia.
Kaushik Barua An Honorary Wildlife Warden of the State and a fourth generation elephant owner, Kaushik Barua has over 20 years of hands on experience working with both captive and wild elephants. Through his organization Assam Elephant Foundation, he is involved in both situ and ex situ conservation of elephants. He has supported and assisted the Forest Department plan and managed Human Elephant Conflict Mitigation measures in Rani and Deepor Beel area in the outskirts of Guwahati city since the last 10 years. He has also assisted Forest Departments of Assam and West Bengal in various captures and rescue operations involving elephants, rhinos and leopards. He is also a member of the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 Team with the responsibility of planning out capture operations, logistics and designing and improving capture and rescue equipments. At the moment, he is involved in training and deployment of Military Working Dogs for anti-poaching operations.
Purnima Devi Barman Purnima Devi Barman, an award winning wildlife biologist in Aaranyak and a Ph.D student from Gauhati University, Assam has successfully led a conservation project on endangered Greater Adjutant stork (Leptoptilos dubius) locally called in Assam. She has been working for this Greater Adjutant from last eight years and generated mass public community support for this bird.  She has been working with more than 10,000 people in Dadara Pacharia Singimari village in Kamrup District in Assam which is the largest colony of the stork. . Her work has attracted the United Nations Development program (UNDP) in 2016 and she got UNDP India biodiveristy Award in 2016. Purnima has recently been awarded Royal bank of Scotland Earth RBS Hero Award under save the species category on 14th October in Manekshwa center, New Delhi.
Rituraj Phukan Trained as a Climate Reality Leader under Nobel Laureate Al Gore, Rituraj Phukan is a Mentor & Presenter with The Climate Reality Project headed by the former US Vice President. He also represents The Climate Reality Project, India as the District Manager for Northeast India. Rituraj was a member of the International Antarctic Expedition led by Polar explorer Robert Swan, the first man to have walked to both the poles, in 2013, completing a personal leadership and environment sustainability program called ‘Leadership on the Edge. He has also travelled to the Canadian Arctic on an Earthwatch expedition called ‘Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge’ to participate in ongoing citizen science research about the impacts of warming on the fragile arctic ecosystems based at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. Besides spearheading the grassroots nature conservation activities of Green Guard Nature Organization, Rituraj works with various organizations & initiatives like the Sanctuary Asia Kids For Tigers programme, Walk For Water and the Earth Day Network.
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