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The primary purpose of this site is to share our knowledge about forest canopies found around the world..

Forest canopies are the least explored habitats in the world. They not only support high terrestrial biodiversity, but also represent a critical interface between the atmosphere and the earth. Forest canopies also provide goods and services to support diverse human communities and offer opportunities to explore sustainable use of such resources for local livelihood generation. All this makes it vital for environmental policies to foster conservation, sustainable use of resources and the resultant impact on the health of global climate.

Researchers investigating the facets of forest canopies from various parts of the globe need a common platform under which interactions can be fostered and synthesized. Till date, four international conferences have been organized, at intervals of four to five years, hosted by different venues across the globe. The meetings have successfully convened scientists, environmental managers, arborists, and policy-makers concerned with the discovery and sustainable use of forests around the world. The 5th international canopy conference will be organized by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, (ATREE), in Bangalore, India.

The goals of the conference are to highlight the relevance of canopy research with respect to important global challenges, especially climate change, sustainability and conservation. Hence, the integration of canopy science with natural science, social science and information technology is critical. The conference provides an opportunity to build networks across continents, which will facilitate capacity building and foster collaboration using information from multiple sites, within countries and across continents.

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