List of Speakers and Panelists
ICREA Research Professor Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA) Autonomous University of Barcelona
Victoria Reyes-García (PhD in Anthropology, 2001, Florida University) is ICREA Research Professor at the Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA), Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her research focuses on Indigenous and local knowledge systems, particularly in relation to the natural environment, and the relevance of this knowledge to understand and deal with the climate and environmental crises. She has participated in the preparation of the Global Report of the Intergovernmental Science and Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She currently directs a research group that analyzes the impacts of global change on various socio-ecosystems (LASEG) and an ERC-funded project on local perceptions of the impacts of climate change (LICCI). She is elected member of the National Academy of Science of the United States (2021).
Cora van Oosten
Senior Project Manager, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation Wageningen University and Research
Dr. Cora van Oosten is senior project manager at Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, which is part of Wageningen University and Research. She focuses on landscape approaches, landscape restoration, and the governance of landscape restoration. Within these domains she trains professionals, coaches students, carries out research and provides advice to policymakers and practitioners worldwide. Based on 30 years of practical experience, she considers governance to be key to successful landscape restoration, as it addresses the questions of who decides on what to restore, where, how and for whom. Cora also works at the Global Landscapes Forum, leading in the design and development of the Landscape Academy, which is a multi-partner initiative to promote Restoration Education for All.
Managing Trustee, Junglescapes Charitable Trust Director, Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)
Ramesh Venkataraman has been actively engaged in ecological restoration since 2007. He is the Managing Trustee of Junglescapes Charitable Trust, a non-profit engaged in restoration of degraded forest ecosystems in a biodiversity hotspot in India. The non-profit follows a community-participative model where local village communities, mostly indigenous, are active partners in the projects. Junglescapes received the SER Full Circle award in 2017 for its inclusive model of restoration. Over 3500 acres of degraded forests have been restored to healthy wildlife habitats so far.
Ramesh is on the Board of Directors of the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), the leading world body for ecological restoration, since 2017. He is currently the Chair of the ad hoc committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at SER. A Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner, his areas of specialisation include management of invasive alien plant species, assisted natural regeneration, design of restoration projects for rewilding by keystone fauna and restoration of fire affected areas. He is active in spreading awareness about ecological restoration and has been a speaker at many restoration conferences at the national and international levels. He writes regularly on conservation and restoration topics. He also runs a training program on ecological restoration in collaboration with a leading educational institution in India.