INDIAN INSTITUTE OF BIO-SOCIAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (INDIA)
IBRAD, established in 1985, is a non-profit institute pursuing action research related to conservation of Natural Capital (NC) whose findings are incorporated in the 11th Five Year Plan document, Government of India for universalization of Joint Forest Management. IBRAD has conducted the highest number of trainings for forest officers, mid level functionaries and community since 1989, the results of which are reflected through a sustained community leader’s network covering 10 states by facilitating desired socio ecological processes. The study and preparation of biodiversity conservation and eco restoration plans in mining areas helped gaining insights of NC and Ecosystem Services (ES). The study findings on traditional knowledge and its implications on climate change open an avenue for further research for livelihood development. Recent experience of conducting more than 100 trainings under National Rural Livelihood Mission will help in understanding how Ecosystem Services can promote developing sustainable poverty alleviation strategies.
IBRAD case studies will contribute in formulating conceptual frameworks linking ES and NC in forest mosaic landscapes, evolving governance mechanisms for pro-poor policy development and sustainable management of ecosystem services under land use change, understanding hybrid valuation method to frame management responses and resolve conflicts at different scales.