Date of release: Monday, April 20, 2015

From left, Greenwich students Laura Villar, Eulalia Gomez and Kate Denton.The challenges of conserving Indian deserts and grasslands are being taken up by three environmental sciences students from the University of Greenwich at Medway.

 Kate Denton, Eulalia Gomez and Laura Villar will head to western India in May to spend three and a half weeks analysing ecosystems in the Kachchh district.

They are taking part in an ongoing UK India Education & Research Initiative (UKIERI), funded by the British Council. 

The University of Greenwich works in partnership with the Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology (GUIDE) to contribute skills to the project and provide student exchange research opportunities

The Medway students will be accompanied by Dr Debbie Bartlett, Principal Lecturer in Environmental Conservation in the Faculty of Engineering & Science, and Dr Sarah Milliken, a landscape specialist in the university's Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities.

Dr Bartlett says, "This is an exciting project offering Greenwich and GUIDE students the chance to contribute to an important research programme into the ecology of this environmentally important district of India.

 "This summer we will be looking at the landscape characterisation done by our Indian colleagues, training them in participation techniques and facilitating workshops with local people. 

 "Kate, Laura and Eulalia will gain practical experience working on real issues in a developing country. This experience will make valuable additions to their CVs and help widen their employment opportunities."

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 Picture: From left, Greenwich students Laura Villar, Eulalia Gomez and Kate Denton.