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A public lecture, “The Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Basin in South Asia: Between Growth Fundamentalism and Ecological Perspective,” by Jayanta Bandyopadhyay, a professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, will take place 3 p.m. on Monday, May 11, in the seminar room of the CASIC Building.

Jayanta Bandyopadhyay has been a consistent researcher on various critical policy issues related to the environment in Asia, especially the rivers originating in the Himalayas. His research over 25 years has been guided by the objective of generating trans-disciplinary public interest knowledge on critical issues related to the natural environment and, in particular, the hydrosphere. His research formed the basis of important policy changes and court orders on eucalyptus in social forestry, limestone mining in the Doon Valley, and limitations of traditional engineering when designing large water projects on the Himalayan rivers. He has been the president of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics (2006-8) and a Fellow of the India-China Institute at The New School, New York. He is also an adviser to the Water Diplomacy Program at Tufts University. The author of 14 critically acclaimed books and 130 papers, Bandyopadhyay has made an important impact on views of nature in South Asia with his recent book, "Environmental Governance."

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