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  • Writer's pictureCanopy Collective India

Embracing the Values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Nature Conservation (1st Nov - 2nd Nov 2023)

Updated: Mar 9





Why?

The goal of the workshop was to empower participants to think innovatively and redefine inclusivity,  addressing aspects such as gender, caste, class, region, religion, and privilege in the context of conservation leadership.

  • The workshop identified the need for redefining inclusivity in conservation practices.

  • Highlighted existing challenges related to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the conservation sector.

  • Conservation leaders face challenges related to gender, caste, class, region, religion, and privilege.

  • Existing conservation practices lack diversity and inclusion.

Partners: A workshop was conducted, encompassing participants from 9 different states, ranging from Uttarakhand and Jharkhand to Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. 


  • What we did:

  • The two-day workshop included curated modules by a diverse group of professionals from Azim Premji University, NCBS, Sanctuary Nature Foundation, and Canopy Collective.

  • Moderated by Neyi Jamoh, Nandini Velho, Manisha Kumari, and Salil Subedi, with guest speakers Rituparna Neog and Dr. Shamim Modi.Yamini Srikanth and Priya Tamma were researchers who helped in curriculum development.


Reflections

  • Empowered participants with a new perspective on diversity and inclusion in conservation.

  • Provided a platform for grassroots practitioners to collaborate and share experiences.

  • Exceeded participation targets, with attendees from various states actively engaging in the workshop and requests for more workshops in more states of the same kind.

  • Qualitatively, the workshop fostered a mindset shift among participants regarding DEI in conservation.

  • Quantitatively, increased awareness and understanding of DEI issues within the conservation community.

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