Projects

Projects

Ecology, Geomatics

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WIKWIO aims to strengthen science and technology orientation to achieving food security by enhancing agricultural productivity in the Southern African region. Agricultural productivity is hampered by many factors, one important among them being weeds. Wikwio aims to build and leverage a Science &...

Axis 1. of the Social Sciences Department /   Objectives:   After the Ervadi tragedy in an informal mental home located at the dargah in which a fire caused the death of 28 persons in 2001, government measures were taken to improve mental healthcare and to restrict the stay of patients in religious places where no psychiatric care is provided. An extensive study...
Axis 1. of the Social Sciences Department /   Objectives:   The project aims to develop cross-disciplinary studies within the ambit of Medical Humanities in India. It is funded by the Wellcome Trust Indian Progamme Awards in Medical Humanities. Researchers contributing to this project examine contingencies and asymmetries of medical practice in India from historical...
Axis 2. of the Social Sciences Department /   Objectives:   This multi-disciplinary project has several objectives: To further improve the knowledge of south Indian Muslim society, which is understudied in comparison with scholarship on Muslims in North India; To contribute to the renewal of Islamic studies while putting emphasis on the “local”, not by locating Muslim...
Axis 4. of the Ecology Department /   Objectives:   The project aims to develop and sustain a long-term cooperation between Europe and South Asia in the area of taxonomy and information technology or broadly speaking, in the emerging discipline of Biodiversity Informatics. By sharing European know-how in the field of taxonomy (species identification system IDAO (...
Axis 3. of the Ecology Department /   Objectives:   In India, millions of farmers secure their agricultural production in agroforestry and mountain landscapes, and lakhs of forest-dwellers depend on forest for their day-to-day subsistence. Despite that, demographic pressure and economic imperatives are leading to a constant loss of forest cover associated to the...
Axis 3. of the Ecology Department /   Objectives:   In India about 7300 plant species are used in traditional health care systems such as Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and folk healing practices. The booming of traditional medicine industry results in an increasing demand on medicinal plant products. 90% of the medicinal plants come from natural habitats. The declining...
Axis 3. of the Ecology Department /   Objectives:   In the context of the rapid degradation of soil, forest vegetation, water resources and the impoverishment of farmer’s economy, the role of agro-forestry has become vital in terms of balancing the conflicting issues of conservation of natural resources and their usage in sustaining agricultural development and rural...
Axis 2. of the Ecology Department /   Objectives:   The objective of this project was to gather new data on past environmental changes in the semi-arid region of Peninsular India in order to understand how this zone, located in the rainshadow of the Western Ghats, has reacted to the quaternary climatic fluctuations (i.e intensification of the south-west indian monsoon...
Axis 4. of the Ecology Department / Objectives:   New tools for capacity building in Taxonomy The number of taxonomists and ecologists is dwindling the world over at an alarming rate. This has been acknowledged as one of the “taxonomic impediments” hindering the full implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The CBD Secretariat has called for a...
Axis 1. of the Ecology Department /   Objectives: Perceived as one of the 25 global hotspots of biodiversity, the Western Ghats support the growth of a wide variety of endemic plants and animals. In compliance with such International Agreements as the Convention of Biological Diversity, the National Forest Policy has emphasized the need for a more integrative approach in...
Axis 2. of the Social Sciences Department / Objectives:   The complete title of the project is « Local Practices and Public Policies, Sustainability of the Resource Availability for irrigation in Tamil Nadu : needs and management ». The Agricultural Development has relied during the last few decades on water-consuming crops and on the use of groundwater, without any stock...
Axis 2. of the Social Sciences Department /   Objectives: e-Geopolis (whole project) The objectives of the project is to promote a systematic corpus of statistical data related to the dynamics of urban growth of the Planet. The project is contextualized with the use of 2 large existing databases: Geopolis and Archives Terrae Statisticae (ATS): Geopolis is from now on the...
Axis 4. of the Social Sciences Department /   Objectives: Locating and copying endangered records of village judicial assemblies (1870-1940). Though India’s rich legal history and traditions has attracted great interest from historians, anthropologists and legal scholars, very little is known on actual procedures and legal reasoning which constitutes the customary...
Axis 4. of the Social Sciences Department /   Objectives: Anthropology of Law in the African and Asian Muslim Worlds The study of law and legal institutions has been largely neglected, in the Muslim world, except precisely what refers to Islam. This applies on all levels: legal training, development of the law, law personnel, law professions, the police and legal...
Axis 4. of the Ecology Department /   Objectives:   If agricultural development is to be successful and biodiversity is to be conserved, then accurate knowledge of the identity, geographic distribution and uses of plants is essential. Unfortunately, such basic information is often only partially available for professional stakeholders, teachers, scientists and...
Axis 4. of the Ecology Department / Objectives: WIKWIO aims to strengthen science and technology orientation to achieving food security by enhancing agricultural productivity in the Southern African region. Agricultural productivity is hampered by many factors, one important among them being weeds. Wikwio aims to build and leverage a Science & Technology network which will...
Axis 2. of the Social Sciences Department / Objectives:   The number of city-dwellers in the world is continually growing, especially in developing countries. It is believed that the urban population in Asia will double between 2000 and 2030. Urban research has generally put emphasis on megalopolises: privileged environments for production and concentration of national...
Axis 2. of the Social Sciences Department /   Objectives:   Urban Chances, City Growth and the Sustainability Challenge - Chance2Sustain This research programme examines how governments and citizens in cities with differing patterns of urban economic growth make use of participatory (or integrated) spatial knowledge management to direct urban governance towards more...
Objectives: SHIVA stands for “Socio-economic Assessment of the rural Vulnerability of water users under stressors of global changes in the Hard rock area of South India”. The project aims at assessing the rural vulnerability of water uses under stressors of global change in the hard rocks area of South India from a socio-economic point of view and at evaluating the...

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