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Winter Semester 2016/2017


The 17th International Wildlife Law Conference

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  • Foto: Stefan Grönnerud
  • Foto: Stefan Grönnerud
  • Foto: Stefan Grönnerud

27 Jan 2017

The 17th International Wildlife Law Conference was held in Pune, India at the Institute of Environment Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth University from 6-9 January 2017. For the first time the Conference was held in Asia. It was jointly organized by the Stetson University College of Law's Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, USA, Institute of Environment Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune India, International Master of Environmental Sciences Programme, University of Cologne, Germany and Wildlife Trust of India, New Delhi, India. The conference brought together wildlife law experts from the governmental, NGO, and academic sectors, as well as students.

Mr. M. C. Mehta, a pioneering legal advocate before the Indian Supreme Court and whom Time Magazine called “the man who saved the Taj Mahal” and Mr. Vivek Menon, the Executive Director of the Wildlife Trust of India each gave keynote addresses for the first Ashok Kumar Memorial Lecture. The Conference held several plenary and parallel sessions on Wildlife Conservation and Recovery - International Accords and Treaties, Wildlife Trade - Challenges Across Borders, Culture Tradition and Wildlife Law, Wildlife Law Enforcement, the Role of Protected Areas in Wildlife Law, Animal Rights, Urban and Expanding Human Development - Human-Wildlife Conflict, National Legal Frameworks to Conserve Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat as well as Protection and Managing Forests and Other Areas for Wildlife. Also Students were given the chance to give a presentation or participate in a poster session.

The conference was complemented by a field trip to the 1945 square kilometer Kanha National Park a Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, India, which was declared a reserve forest in 1879 and revalued as a wildlife sanctuary in 1933. Its position was further upgraded to a national park in 1955. 

The conference was such a success that an advisory board has been established to create a regularly-held Indian Wildlife Law Conference - “The Ashok Kumar Wildlife Law Conference”.


Announcement for Guest Lectures

21 October 2016

Prof. Ranjit Mitra from the School for Planning and Architecture Delhi will offer 4 lectures at the University of Cologne in October and November.

Please contact the Institute for Geography for more information.


DWIH CityScapes Conference 2016

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  • Foto: DWIH-DAAD New Delhi
  • Foto: DWIH-DAAD New Delhi
  • Foto: DWIH-DAAD New Delhi
  • Foto: DWIH-DAAD New Delhi
  • Foto: DWIH-DAAD New Delhi

10 Oct 2016

The Indo-German "CityScapes" conference organized by the German House for Research and Innovation took place from September 29th to October 1st, 2016 in Delhi. The conference focused on issues, such as the increasing world population and the need for sustainable ways of transportation and housing. Therefore, one of the essential topics during the conference was the development and advancement of smart cities.

Important key note speakers, among others, included Prof. AbdouMaliq Simone from Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Prof. Frauke Kraas from the Institute for Geography at the University of Cologne. 

See the newspaper article for more information.