The French Institute of Pondicherry present at the 11th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
Hyderabad October 8 to 19, 2012
The French Institute of Pondicherry will be attending the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11) to be held in Hyderabad from October 8 to 19, 2012. During this event in which nearly 5,000 delegates from around the world are expected to participate, poster sessions are organised and display stands are available to research centres that request for it. The IFP has worked for more than 30 years on questions of knowledge and management of biodiversity and is reputed in India for its work on the forests of the Western Ghats, one of the 16 mega-biodiversity hotspots. It is known notably for :
its vegetation maps made in the 1980s and 90s by Messrs. Ramesh, Pascal and De Franceschi ;
the distribution of trees endemic to the Western Ghats, the work done in the late 90s by Houllier and Ramesh as well as their ongoing modalisation ;
information technologies applied to botany with its flagship programmes on the computer-aided identification of species, carried out since the early 2000s by Grard and Ramesh. ;
development of the Western Ghats Biodiversity Portal by Ramesh and Balasubramanian D.
The French Institute of Pondicherry will have a stand of 9 square metres where its main research activities in these fields will be presented. Activities are planned around the identification of herbarium samples with the aid of the new tools for identification and demonstration of the use of the web portal of the Western Ghats.