February 2016: The Board of Trustees of the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) has appointed Dr V Selvam as the Foundation’s new Executive Director with effect from February 15, 2016. Dr Selvam, who is Director – Coastal Systems Research at MSSRF has been with the organization for over 20 years, contributing particularly in the area of coastal conservation and farming. An expert in science-based and community-centred coastal resources management including in mangrove restoration and conservation, he has experience in designing and demonstrating artificial reef and integrated mangrove fishery farming system and skills in management of coastal forest such as tropical dry evergreen forests. Dr Selvam has authored three mangrove atlases, seven manuals on community based mangrove conservation and management, over 25 publications in national and international journals including a publication on Protective Role of Coastal Vegetation in Science. He has received national and international recognition for his work and serves on various high-level committees including of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the ministries of Environment and Forests, Water Resources and Mines of the Government of India and Department of Forests of the Government of Tamil Nadu. His background and experience are of significance, especially in the context of increasing discourse on climate change and environment across the world.
Dr Selvam takes over the mantle from Dr Ajay Parida, who had been MSSRF’s Executive Director for over six years. The scientists and scholars at MSSRF reaffirm their commitment to the Foundation’s core principle of harnessing science for sustainable development under the new leadership.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.