On 23rd July, 2020 the Rural Management Program of Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi conducted a webinar on Post COVID Challenges for Global and Local Commons. The webinar witnessed speakers from both national and international forums. The session was moderated by Dr. Himadri Sinha, Ph.D. Professor & Head- Rural Management Programme, XISS Ranchi.
The speakers of the session were Mr. Prateep Kumar Nayak Ph.D. Associate Professor and Associate Director of Graduate Studies, Project Director V2V Global Partnership School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, Environmental Change and Governance Group University of Waterloo, Canada. He presented the key areas and challenges faced by the global and local Commons and stated that “Commons is a complex social and ecological system”. He spoke about the excludability, subtractability, the political space occupied by it, the drivers of the Commons, charge of Commons along with the justice, fairness and equity related to the them.
Mr. Subrat K Singh, Development Practitioner, Researcher & Trainer, Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) Anand, Gujarat. He discussed the Commons with respect to India, it’s geographical extent in the nation and the population dependent on it. He shared his views on the ability of local people in the management of the Commons and said that it promotes horizontal co-operation among them.
Ms. Ana Carolina E. Dias, Interdisciplinary Researcher working on Coastal Governance, associated with University of Waterloo & University of Campinas. She spoke about the Commons in form of resources available in coastal areas and the link among the ecosystem services and social wellbeing relevant for coastal governance. She also related the management of the marine ecosystem and coastal areas during the pandemic situation.
The webinar was organized by Prakriti, the student led rural management club of XISS. The webinar was attended by the faculty of various departments of XISS Ranchi, the esteemed alumni/ae of the Institute and the students of the Rural Management Program. The session was interactive and informative for all.