#24: Rohan Arthur, Founding Trustee, Nature Conservation Foundation


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Rohan Arthur is a senior scientist and founding trustee of the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) in Karnataka, India. He heads NCF’s Oceans and Coasts program, an interdisciplinary group that works on a range of issues, including understanding human-wildlife interactions in aquatic environments. His research interests concern issues of conservation, particularly the implications of climate change for marine ecosystems, the rational management of marine systems and fisheries in India, and the interface between policy, traditional practices, and ecosystem management

In this podcast, Rohan talks about how the Nature Conservation Foundation got started, the role of coastal ecosystems & how climate change is impacting them, his work in the Lakshadweep islands and how climate refugees are going to be a reality in the near future.

Notes –

03:18 – How Nature Conservation Foundation got started

05:34 – Essential services provided by coastal ecosystems

10:27 – How climate change is affecting coastal ecosystems

16:18 – National and State level plans to deal with coastal issues

23:51 – Prediction of coral bleaching

27:18 – Work in the Lakshadweep islands

36:38 – Building resilience

42:50 – Empathy towards coastal communities

47:50 – The role of individual and collective action

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