International Biodiversity Congress (IBC 2018)

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4-6 October 2018; Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

 International Biodiversity Congress call upon policies to shift to biodiversity-based Ecological Civilization to achieve sustainable development goals

 The International Biodiversity Congress (IBC 2018) was organised as a joint initiative of Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA, Thiruvananthapuram), Navdanya (Dehradun), Forest Research Institute (FRI), Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE, Dehradun), Uttarakhand Biodiversity Board, Uttarakhand Council for Science and Technology, and Wildlife Institute of India (WII, Dehradun), at FRI during 4th to 6th October 2018. About 1,000 delegates and biodiversity experts from India and abroad attended the historic event at the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. The Congress was inaugurated by the honourable Chief Minister of Sikkim, Shri. Pawan Kumar Chamling.  Presenting the successful model of 100 per cent organic state  and its resultant multifarious socio-economic and ecological benefits in his inaugural address, chief guest, Shri Pawan Kumar Chamling highlighted the need to exchange of the developmental models across the world with maintaining the integrity of nature besides similarity in talk and action so as to ensure conservation of biodiversity of the Himalayan state and mountain ecosystem worldwide for healthier society, cleaner and greener world.

In his broadcasted inaugural message, Hon’ble Minister of Commerce, Industry &Civil Aviation, Shri. Suresh Prabhu emphasized the role of ocean biodiversity for storage of carbon and food security.Delivering the keynote address, former foreign secretary and special envoy on climate change, Shri. Shyam Saran said that crisis situations require civilisational response.Citing various scientific reports on the consequences of environmental degradation and climate change different crisis situations cannot be treated in isolation as they are all linked in some way or the other. “We can’t deal with climate change without civilisational response at a time when we may be at the cusp of the sixth mass extinction. He added that “the current developmental strategy in India is not sustainable”.

Highlighting the role of forestry and wildlife for sustainable development, the Guest of Honour, Shri. Harak Singh Rawat,Hon’ble Minister for Forest and Wildlife, Uttarakhand talked about the deep rooted culture and tradition of Uttarakhand in conserving and maintaining the biodiversity.

Shri. Somnath Poudyal, Hon’ble Minister for Food Security, Agriculture Development, Horticulture, Government of Sikkim and Dr. V.B. Mathur (Director, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun) were present in the inaugural session.

In the inaugural session a campaign on Biodiverse Organic Himalaya was launched by the Hon’ble CM of Sikkim, the Global Ambassador of the Organic Movement, joined by women seed savers and organic leaders from Himalayan Region, Ladakh, HP, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam. This may trigger the momentum for turning all the Himalayan states towards organic farming, following the path of Sikkim.

In the plenary lectures were arranged in theme topics such as Biodiversity Crisis: Challenges & Way Ahead,  Legal Framework for Protecting Biodiversity; Mountains, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability of Fragile Mountain Ecosystems; Biodiversity For Food, Nutrition & Health, Biodiversity; Climate Change and Planetary Health, and Towards Eco-Civilization Vasudhaiva Kutumbam. Twenty seven lectures were presented in the plenary session.

Five parallel sessions were conducted on 5th and 6th October 2018, where 103 participants made oral presentations in five parallel technical sessions (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Legal and Knowledge Systems, Threats and Conservation Strategies, Agro-ecosystems and Food Security). The sessions were chaired/co-chaired by eminent experts in the field.

About 410 posters were also displayed by the participants in the above referred themes on all the three days of the congress. In each team the best papers were selected for award by the chairs/co-chairs/adjudicators.

The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Shri. Trivendra Singh Rawat was the chief guest in the Valedictory Session, which was held at 3.00 pm on 6th October 2018. Shri Rawat complemented the organisers for selecting “Vasudhaiva Kudumbakam – Towards Ecological Civilization” as the focal theme of the IBC 2018, and opined that “we live in a world where pluralistic thinking and networking are essential not only for the conservation of biodiversity but also for mitigating the threats, especially from issues such as climate change. It is the rich variety of life on Earth that is essential for the welfare and prosperity of people today and for generations to come. India, as a mega biodiversity country can plan for and dream for any developmental activity only taking into account the rich biodiversity that we have, which ensures all the services of nature. It also ensures the food security, livelihood security and nutritional security of the people.

Shri B.P. Singh, Former Governor, Sikkim, and former Secretary Environment delivered the lecture on the topic “Towards building an Ecological Civilisation”. He commented that the concept of “Vasudha” and ecological civilization based on biodiversity would serve as the pillars for achieving self-sufficiency in India.

Ozone Day Celebrations 2018

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Ozone day celebrations 2018

“Ozone day celebrations 2018” was organized by Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) with the support of Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) and National Green Corps (NGC)on 22nd September 2018 at HSS for Girls Venganoor, Thiruvananthapuram. As a part of the celebration, an awareness seminar on the theme“Keep cool and carry on! The Montreal protocol” and a painting competition for junior and senior level students were held.


The welcome speech was delivered by Shri.Renjithkumar BV, HSS for Girls Venganoor, followed by the presidential address by Dr.C.K.Peethambaran,Former Director of Research, Kerala Agricultural University. In the speech,they emphasized about the need for making people aware about the climate change.

Shri. Venganoor Satheesh, Vice President, Venganoor GramaPanchayatinaugurated the ozone day celebrations2018.Considering the climatic change taking place in Kerala, the state should adopt a development culture focusing on the efficient use of limited resource and its sustainable conservation” said Venganoor Satheesh. He appreciated the efforts taken by the CISSA for making the event a huge success.

Shri.Hareendran Nair S, PTA President, HSS for Girls for Venganoor and Dr. CS Ravindran, Former Principal Scientist, ICAR-CTCRIdelivered the felicitation speech.

Vote of thanks for the function was delivered by Dr. P.N Krishnan,Former Scientist, JNTBGRI & Emeritus Scientist, Malabar Botanical Garden and Institute for Plant Sciences, Kozhikode.He conveyed his sincere thanks to each and every one who worked for the success of the programme.

 Painting competition for students

Theme:Ozone depletion and climate change

A total of 182 students from 53schools participated for the painting competition.Out of this 84 students were from senior level and 98 students from the junior level.The theme of the painting competition was “ozone depletion and climate change”. Students were from Govt./Aided/Unaided/CBSE/ICSE/Private schools in Neyyattinkara Educational district.A panel of four judges valued the paintings and awarded the prizes. Apart from 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, the judges recommended two consolation prizes for each categories.

Awareness seminar

Focal theme: Keep cool and carry on! The Montreal protocol

The awareness session was started with a talk by Dr.A Bijukumar, Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Keralaon the topic “ozone depletion and biodiversity”. He remarked that climate change is triggered by the harmful gases which lead to ozone layer depletion and that the state government and public should work towards environmental literacy activities. According to him, emergence of the next generation of environmentalists from school campuses is the need of the hour.

After the first session it was followed by a talk on “Montreal protocol and its impact on climate change” by Dr. P.N Krishnan. His talk was on the significance of Montreal protocol and the possible impact on the global climate change. According to him this is one of the most widely followed UN resolutions in the world. Since the present day children are the tomorrow’s rule makers and leaders, they should know in detail the importance and significance of the protocol. Several studentsinteracted with Dr. Krishnan regarding the implementation of this protocol in India and various other developing and developed countries

The next session was taken by Dr.C.K.Peethambaran,Former Director of Research, Kerala Agricultural University, on the topic “Effect of climate change on food security”.

He stressed the importance of climate change on the production and productivity of various crops in India. According to him there is going to be a drastic reduction in the production of rice and various other crops cultivated in Kerala. The temperature increases further from the present levels. The carbon dioxide level sometimes will increase the production of certain crops but it will have a deleterious effect on other crops. He also explained the various greenhouse gases and its significance in crop production.

Prize distribution- Painting competition

Cash awards, Memento, Books and certificates were distributed to the winners of the competition. Certificate of participation was given to all the students who attended the programme.


Senior Level

First prize

Prapanch A, VPS HSS for Boys, Venganoor

Second prize

Akshay VA, Nazareth Home EMS Balaramapuram

Third prize

Anand M.A, VPS HSS for Boys, Venganoor

Consolation prize

Abhidev S, GHS Plavoor

Shravya SS, BharatheeyaVidyapeedom, Kurumkutty, Parassala

Junior Level

First prize

Anwin Xavier, Govt HSS Kulathummal, Kattakada

Second prize

Varunjose S, Kannasa Mission High School Peyad


Aaradhika S.R, Govt. V & HSS, Kulathoor, Uchakada


Sidharth S, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kattakada

Abhi J.S, HSS for Girls Venganoor


Workshop for Banana Farmers in Kalliyoor

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Project entitled “On farm trial of  cassava biopesticides against borer pests of banana in Kerala”-

Workshop for Banana Farmers :-

A unique workshop was organised for banana farmers into the different aspects of banana cultivation. This was organised by CISSA in association with ICAR-CTCRI at the Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat. District Panchyat Member Smt.V.Lathakumari inaugurated the workshop. Classes on topics such as the use of tapioca-based organic pesticides in banana farming and organic farming methods were held. The classes were led by the ICAR -CTCRI Division of Crop Protection Principal Scientist (Entomology) & Head Dr. C.A. Jayaprakas, Former Deputy Director, Dept of Agriculture, Govt. of Kerala Shri.N.Sreekumar and ICAR-CTCRI Former Principal Scientist Dr.C.S. Ravindran.

Workshop for teachers and students- Low Carbon School Campus

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Estimation of Carbon Footprint in School Campuses and Creation of Low Carbon School Campus Plans for Individual Schools in Thiruvananthapuram District-

Workshop for teachers and students :-

Shri.M.Vincent, Hon’ble MLA inaugurated workshop for teachers and students in connection with the project for Creation of Low Carbon School Campus in Thiruvananthapuram District at HSS Girls Venganoor on 10th Aug 2018. He stressed the need to mitigate carbon emission by planting more trees in the campus. The havocs we human beings are wreaking to the environment due to the continued emission of carbon dioxide by indulging in various methods such as burning of plastics, deforestation, wastage of food etc. He also emphasized the need for the usage of public transport frequently.

This project is implemented by Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA) with the support of Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE).

Dr.Kamalakshan Kokkal, Senior Principal Scientist, KSCSTE said that Climate change due to human activities is one of the most serious problems facing the world in the 21st century. There should be no doubt over the science – the continued release ofgreenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, and industrial and agricultural processes will lead to severe and potentially catastrophic changes in the earth’sclimate, some of which will be irreversible.

Smt. B. Sreelatha, Headmistress, HSS for Girls Venganoor, Er. B.V. Suresh Babu, Director, Energy & Clean Technologies, CISSA & Accredited Energy Auditor, BEE,  Dr.C.K. Peethambaran, Director, Agriculture division, CISSA,  Smt. Deepthi Girish, Manager, HSS for Girls Venganoor, Shri.Hareendran Nair. S, PTA President, HSS for Girls Venganoor, Shri. Sunil G.S, HSS for Girls Venganoor spoke on the occasion.

NABARD Officials Interact with Farmers in Kalliyoor, Thiruvananthapuram

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NABARD Officials Interact with Farmers in Kalliyoor, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Led by the NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development), an interactive session with the farmers of Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat was organised in Kalliyoor on 2 Aug 2018. Farmers, who are members of the Farmers’ Clubs functioning under the aegis of the Thiruvananthapuram-based Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), participated in the interactions.

Apart from the NABARD Officers from Assam, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala, officials from the commercial and co-operative banks and also the Reserve Bank of India were part of the interactions.

Sri. Sreepathy Kalkura S, Deputy General Manager, NABARD Mangalore, and Sri. M. K Venugopal, AGM, NABARD Thiruvananthapuram, led the delegation and interactions with the farming community. The team was received by Smt.R. Jayalakshmi, President, Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat President; Sri. Kumar, Vice President, Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat; Dr. C Suresh Kumar, General Secretary, CISSA; and Dr. C. S Raveendran, Vice President, CISSA.

After the formal sessions, the officers also interacted with the farmers, enquiring about details of their activities ranging from cultivation to the distribution of their agricultural produce. The authorities cleared the doubts of the farmers and explained to them various agricultural loan options offered by the banks. As many as six Farmers Clubs function in In Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat under the supervision of CISSA.


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Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA),  headquarters of the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE), Thiruvananthapuram, acknowledged by the UN University is starting a community club of the Toast Master’s International at Thiruvananthapuram.

The club will be beneficial to Employed and unemployed persons, Business Community, Housewives, Professionals and Students who would like to improve their communication and public speaking skills.

Currently Toast Master International operates in 116 countries with about 13000 clubs having a total membership close to 2,70,000. This has benefitted more than 6 million members including students.

If interested contact: Ph:0471-2722151, 9497501812, email:

World Environment Day 2018 Celebrations

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World Environment Day 2018 Celebrations

Focal theme: Plastic Pollution

Seminar on Reducing Plastic Footprint in Campuses: The Ways Ahead

11 June 2018, Monday

Dept. of Botany, University College, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram

Dear Sir,

We are glad to inform you that Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) with the support of Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), is organizing a seminar on Reducing Plastic Footprint in Campuses: The Ways Ahead to celebrate the World Environment Day 2018 on 11 June 2018 at Dept. of Botany, University College, Thiruvananthapuram.

We cordially invite you to participate in the programme.

Yours faithfully,

Dr.C.Suresh kumar

General Secretary, CISSA



9.30 am                           : Registration

10.00 am                        : Inauguration

Welcome                     : Dr.K.Murugan, Director (Administration), CISSA

 Presidential Address   : Prof.B.Ramakrishnan, Head, Dept. of Botany, University College

 Inauguration               : Adv. V. K. Prasanth, Hon’ble Mayor, Municipal Corporation of Thiruvananthapuram

 Felicitation                  : Dr.P. Harinarayanan, Senior Scientist and Coordinator Wetland Technical Unit & KSCAT, KSCSTE

 Vote of thanks             :Dr.C.K.Peethambaran, Director(Agriculture Division), CISSA

10.30-10.45 am           : TEA BREAK

10.45 am -1.30 pm       : Technical sessions

Dr. R. Ajaykumar Varma, Technical Advisor to Haritha Keralam Mission, Govt of Kerala

Dr. Achuthsankar S Nair, Head, Dept of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, University of Kerala

Dr.A.Bijukumar, Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Kerala

Interactive Session

Valedictory Function

(For more information: 0471-2722151,9895375211)


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2 & 3 June 2018, CET, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

The Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) recognized by the United Nations University (UNU) and the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) will organise EnviroMUN on 2 June 2018 at the College of Engineering, Trivandrum campus. The programme is being organised in association with Bhoomitrasena, the environment club of CET.

The programme will be organised on the lines of Model United Nations (MUN), which is a simulation of the actual proceedings of the UN with an aim to educate and make the participants aware of the UN and its working, as well as the socially, politically and environmentally relevant issues pertaining to the world.

EnviroMUN is being organised to make participants aware of the pressing problems of nature. An attempt at engaging young minds with global environmental challenges like climate change and encouraging them to think at the global level, the EnviroMUN will inspire delegates to think outside of the box and instigate them to come up with creative solutions. The programme will also instil a sense of commitment to carry out sustainable youth projects.

The programme will have students from all over India posing as the delegates of various countries. They will debate and discuss environmental topics which are of prime importance to the society and the world.

Registrations –

RCE Thiruvananthapuram