The Centre is developing a NESTED NETWORK of individuals and institutions actively engaged in research, training and/or management of inland aquatic ecosystems, throughout Asia in general, and South Asia in particular. The database of institutions and individuals in the network will help the researchers know each other’s work, establish contacts, exchange information through email lists, and learn about the institutions, their programmes and the opportunities in areas of interest to them. Network members can submit their publications for placing in the on-line library which will be freely accessible to all registered members. Institutions and Individual Members may contact each other in the network for collaboration. The Centre itself is developing such collaboration with institutions which agree to working towards a common goal, following a common unified approach and sharing resources to maximise its impact. The main Centre is being developed as a South Asian headquarter with all necessary basic facilities and the network partners may function as field stations.
Wetland Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Database
At present, the Database of the Network has been developed especially to cover the interests in Wetland Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services with the support from the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), Kobe, Japan, for a project entitled “Capacity Building for Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of Wetlands in
Relation to Global Change” awarded to the National Institute of Ecology, New Delhi. Details of the project can be found on another page of this website. Details about the APN, their programmes, activities and funding opportunities can be found at their website at http://www.apn-gcr.org/
HOW TO JOIN THE NETWORK
All researchers interested in any inland aquatic ecosystem (wetlands, rivers, lakes) for any reason and anywhere in Asia, whether associated with an university, college or research institution or not, are invited to join the network. To join the network, individuals are required to register with a valid email ID and password. After verification from their email inbox, they will be able to access the dashboard where they should fill in a data form. All fields are compulsory. Individuals have the option to allow their email IDs to be made public or not. The CVs and list of publications can be uploaded as a WORD file or PDF. The form can be edited at any time by logging in again and going to EDIT mode (instead of VIEW mode). The database can be searched from the homepage of this website after logging in.
The Centre has already developed Partnerships with the following international groups/programmes:
1. The Centre has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Centro de Pesquisa do Pantanal (CPP) – an independent organisation based in Cuiaba (Brazil) for research in Pantanal- the world’s largest wetland system.
2. The Centre is one of the Partners in the UNESCO Chair on ‘Rivers and Culture’ (Fleuve et Patrimoine) which has recently been approved at the Université François Rabelais – Tours at Chinon (France).
3. The Centre coordinates the Working Group on Inland Waters of Tropical Asia under the International Society of Limnology (SIL; www.limnology.org). SIL has decided to endorse and support the training courses to be organised by the Working Group in Asian countries. The Coordination Committee of the Working Group is composed of representatives from many Asian countries. For details, visit the SIL-WG page on the Centre’s website (http://www.aquaticecosystems.org/sil-wg/)