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Research on Primates

Posted by S.P.ANANDAN on April 26, 2014 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

FRSD has successfully completed two research projects on Primates in the Western Ghats range of Mountains in southern districts of Tamilnadu with the kind support of KNCF, Japan and IPS, USA.  As a member of the International Primatological Sociey and the South Asian Primate Network, I am engaged in creating awareness among rural and indigenous communities on the urgent necessity to save endangered primates like Lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs.  Slender loris the prosimians are also fast disappearing.. Let us join hands in conserving our rare and endangered primates..

News in the Huffington Post.

Posted by S.P.ANANDAN on March 5, 2014 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

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This is What Community Health Looks Like: This Week in Daily Giving

Posted: 02/28/2014 3:45 pm EST Updated: 03/03/2014 1:59 pm EST



Parama Anandan runs the Foundation for Research and Sustainable Development (FRSD) in Tamilnadu, India. FRSD promotes ancient wisdom, traditional knowledge and indigenous medical practices. One focus area is documenting and promoting cost-effective, traditional and nature-based water purification systems. FRSD helps communities source and utilize locally-available medicinal plants, seeds and tubers that cleanse water while retaining its natural benefits. This work has the potential to save millions of people from waterborne diseases.

Pollination Project

Posted by S.P.ANANDAN on February 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

FRSD has been awarded a seed grant to revive traditional water purification technologies to combat water borne diseases by the distinguished Pollination Project on February 18, 2014.  The Founder Mr Paramanandan will utilise the small grant for educationl materials and distribution of informaiton on the traditional technology.  FRSD thanks the Pollination Project for the support for a noble cause and for a social change. 

ICANN 46 MEETING IN BEIJING

Posted by S.P.ANANDAN on July 10, 2013 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

As an ICANN Fellow, I attended the ICANN 46 Meeting in Beijing, China during April 2013.  It was unforgettable.  Impressed with the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City.  



Bio Farming to promote the health of agro-ecosystem related to Biodiversity

Posted by S.P.ANANDAN on March 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

National Environmental Awareness Programs are conducted regularly in rural Madurai District by the FRSD. This year, our Foundation conducted NEAC 2011-2012 on " Forests and Sustainable Livelihood" and conducted practical demonstration on biological farming utilising resources from forests. 

Course on Climate Change Diplomacy

Posted by S.P.ANANDAN on December 2, 2011 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Completed a Course on Climate Change Diplomacy from the Diplo Foundation, Malta during December 2011.

ICANN Fellowship Meeting at Singapore

Posted by S.P.ANANDAN on June 28, 2011 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The Chief Functionary of the FRSD has completed a Fellowship Program of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) conducted in Singapore from 19 June 2011 to 25 June 2011. New gTLD was approved during the historic meeting. 

Invasive Species and Biodiversity loss

Posted by S.P.ANANDAN on April 13, 2011 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Invasive alien species areconsidered to be a main direct driver of biodiversity loss throughout the world.  This is a serious problem especially in thebiodiversity hot spots in developing countries with a high level of endemicspecies.  After five years of research ina biodiversity hot spot (The Western Ghats Mountains) in southern India, I haveconcluded that biodiversity loss is mainly caused by introduced and invasivealien species. Natural enemies to these invasive species are conspicuously absent! Non-native trees were deliberatelyintroduced near evergreen forests and Sholaforests (tropical montane forests). It was amazing to note our ancient forestsin southern Tamilnadu, India have been colonized by Lantana camara and introduced non-native exotic trees. Restorationof our ancient forests has become a Himalayan task today in the WesternGhats.  Due to the loss of nativebiodiversity, several flora and fauna endemic to the Western Ghats have becomerare and endangered.  Scientists say thatmountain plant communities are not particularly resistant to invasion by exoticspecies. The scientists also warn that these may become more aggressive asglobal warming gets a grip.(Science Daily -Jan. 21, 2010).

 

I agree with Arévalo. He says,"Biological invasion is not a fact, but rather a process of speciesoverlapping within a habitat, which means prevention is much more effective andviable than eradication."

 


ICANN Fellowship

Posted by S.P.ANANDAN on April 12, 2011 at 10:18 AM Comments comments (0)

On completion of the course on Internet Governance from Diplo Foundation, Malta,i have been selected to participate in the 13th round of the Fellowship Program to be held in Singapore on June 19-24 2011. The 41st ICANN meeting in Singapore / Asia Pacific region to be held 19-24 June 2011. Though I am quite new to the ICANN environment, I will be able to find my  niche in the ICANN community and to become the new voice of experience in Tamilnadu under the guidance of Mr Sivasubramaniam Muthusamy, ISOC Chennai Chaper's President.  Mr Sivasubramaniam will also attend the ICANN Meeting in Singapore as a Fellow for the second time.

A brief on ICANN:

To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn't have one global Internet.

ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.

ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn't deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet's naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet.

 

(Source: ICANN Website)


RECENT ACTIVITIES - FRSD

Posted by S.P.ANANDAN on March 28, 2011 at 7:47 AM Comments comments (0)

The Chief Functionary of the FRSD,  Mr.S.P.Anandan has completed the following courses from the reputed DIPLO FOUNDATION, MALTA successfully:

Internet Governance and Capacity Building (IGCB)

IGCB Advanced Phase-Intellectual Property Rights

IGCB Intellectual Property Rights-Research and Policy

IGCB Intellectual Property Rights-Research Implementation.

The courses have been completed in March 2011. The subject of the Research was:

" PROTECTING IPRs and TKs OF RURAL AND INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES THROUGH DIGITAL DATABASE TO PREVENT BIOPIRACY AND FOR BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT"

As a Member of the Internet Society, I continue my activities to protect the IPR and the TK. Formed a Network of NGOs to protect the IPRs and TKs of local and mountain communities on completion of the courses from Diplo Foundation.

During January 2011, our Foundation collaborated with the University of IOWA, USA for a regular program on WINTERIM INDIA.  During this year, the course was aimed at educating students of the IOWA University, Gandhigram Rural University and conservation NGOs including GREEN, Chinnamanur, Theni District on " Opne Source Geographic Information System for Society.

During March 2011, our Foundation completed a program on NEAC, sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.  The main theme was : Conserving the biodiversity of Medicinal Plants.  This year the theme of the NEAC was:  BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION.


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