Natural Capital at YES Institute focuses on the development and financing of Natural Capital business models that promote biodiversity, ecosystems, landscapes and community growth. The team is positioned to rive financing and inclusive socio-economic development through technological interventions and policy change. The increasing effects of climate change on species and habitats coupled with the ecological externalities of economic growth accentuate the need of our Natural Capital focus.
Following a ‘Triple A’ approach – Awareness, Advocacy & Action, we work towards promoting India’s ‘green economic growth’. Our focus themes include projects under the banners of Eco-Tourism, Forestry and Wildlife, Agriculture and Urban Ecology.
In 2016, we have undertaken various initiatives with multiple stakeholders spanning across the themes of Awareness, Advocacy and Action:
YES Institute Natural Capital Conservation Dialogue Series
For the first in a series of discussions, YES Institute partnered with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Earthwatch Institute on ‘Financing of Natural Ecosystems’ in Mumbai. The dialogue deliberated on innovative instruments for financing natural capital projects and ecosystems services.
‘International Bamboo Studio’
The unique bamboo design studio and workshop organized by National Institute of Design’s (NID) Centre for Bamboo Initiatives was held in Bengaluru and supported by YES Institute. The studio involved students from NID, ENSAD, Paris and other design schools in India, who were guided by NID’s in-house designers in order to design innovative bamboo products for the Indian Highways.
Natural Capital Awareness Videos
Working with Tittar Lodge Productions and Gul Panag, we are creating a unique awareness video on Organic Food Cultures in India. The ‘Organic Langar’ in Golden Temple in Amritsar and ‘Urban Organic Farming’ in Mumbai are key case studies.
Natural Capital Advocacy
We have been instrumental in drafting a policy motion on ‘Protection, restoration and sustainable use of urban water bodies in India’ at the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress 2016 in Hawaii.
Global Bamboo Summit 2016
We have supported the Global Bamboo Summit 2016 organized by Govt. of India and Govt. of Madhya Pradesh in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. We are focused on reinvigorating opportunities in the sector and advocating for the need for collective action and policy.
Ecotourism Potential at Tiger Reserves around Nagpur
YES Institute has led a study, indentifying eco-tourism opportunities at Umred, Karandhala, Tadoba, Andheri and Nawegoan, Nagzaria tiger reserves in Maharashtra. We are working towards highlighting the current infrastructural gaps to provide a roadmap for development.