HUMANS AND ANIMALS
Incentives for wildlife-friendly land use?

Many landowners around forests would set aside some lands in exchange for payments. Some see this as a promising conservation strategy, but others believe more nuance is needed.

#Biodiversity #Environment #KARNATAKA
TRAFFICKING ANIMALS
Pangolin poaching rises amidst pandemic

Repeated lockdowns and curfews have been a golden opportunity for wildlife traffickers targeting termite-eating pangolins in Simlipal National Park and adjacent districts.

#Environment #ODISHA
CONSERVATION
Beyond wildlife-ism and ecosystem services-ism

Faced with a multiplicity of values, mainstream conservation has tended to retreat to biocentrism, pragmatism or scientism. A broad-based, democratic environmentalism would be more tenable.

#Biodiversity #Environment
GENETICS
A confluence of cats

The future survival of wild tigers depends not only on increasing their population size, but also on ensuring that fragmented populations are genetically 'connected' with each other, writes Abheeshta Rao.

#Environment
BOOK REVIEW
Indira Gandhi’s elite environmentalism : A paler shade of green

Darryl D’Monte reviews Indira Gandhi – A Life in Nature, a new book focussing on the former Prime Minister as a naturalist.

#Environment #Reviews
W.I.I. CONSERVATION PROGRAMME
At one with nature while learning about wildlife
W.I.I. CONSERVATION PROGRAMME : At one with nature while learning about wildlife

How do forensic scientists help bring poachers to trial? How does it feels to walk in forest land for hours in torrential rains? The exhilarating experience of wildlife conservation comes alive in a course for enthusiasts.

#Environment
ENDANGERED BIRDS
Where are the real tweets in India?

Numerous species of Indian birds are critically endangered. Only strict conservation laws can help them survive. Experts fear that many will be wiped off as the environment deteriorates.

#Biodiversity #Environment
FOREST POLICIES & BIODIVERSITY
Saving the Malabar Hornbill in the hills of Tamil Nadu

Farming practices encouraged by existing forest policies have drastically reduced the sources of food for the Malabar Grey Hornbill, once abundant in the Palni Hills of Tamil Nadu. Madhu Ramnath explains what endangers the species and how they can be saved.  

#Forests #People #Environment #TAMILNADU
HUMAN-ANIMAL CONFLICT
Where leopards await human compassion
HUMAN-ANIMAL CONFLICT : Where leopards await human compassion

The lack of awareness about a traditionally peace-loving species, and inadequate safeguards to protect their natural habitats and corridors pose a serious threat to leopards in and around Guwahati.

#Biodiversity #Environment #ASSAM
HLC REPORT ON ENVIRONMENT
Missing the woods and the trees
HLC REPORT ON ENVIRONMENT : Missing the woods and the trees

Ever since the report of the Subramanian Committee, set up to review and amend key environmental legislation, was leaked, several questions have been raised regarding its real implications for the environment. Darryl D’Monte explains some of the most critical concerns.                                  

#Environmental Regulation #Forests #Environment #OP-ED
BIODIVERSITY
The tiny creature that has made the Assam zoo famous!

On 15 November, the Assam State Zoo opened its doors to three pygmy hogs, becoming the only zoo in the world to house this critically endangered species. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports on an ongoing project that’s trying to save the animal and its habitats in the face of all odds.

#Biodiversity #Environment
WILDLIFE PROTECTION ACT
An uncertain future for our fauna
WILDLIFE PROTECTION ACT : An uncertain future for our fauna

Even as India’s Wildlife Protection Act completes 42 years, certain recent moves of the government appear to undermine the law, in a bid to project an industry-friendly regime. T R Shankar Raman analyses the apparent direction in which the Act, and environmental laws in general, seem to be headed.

#Environment Opinions #Environmental Regulation #Forests #Environment #Government
REVISITING THE CHOPRA COMMITTEE REPORT
Will selective plans for the Ganga work?
REVISITING THE CHOPRA COMMITTEE REPORT : Will selective plans for the Ganga work?

Rejuvenation of the Ganga has purportedly grabbed a big share of the new government’s focus, but would plans ignoring the upper Ganga basin really be effective? Shripad Dharmadhikary discusses the findings of an expert body that could be crucial to the agenda.

#Biodiversity #Climate #Energy #Environment
CAG AUDIT IN WEST BENGAL
Clearance revoked, but you can still have the forest land!

A CAG audit report finds that despite the revocation of clearance for forest land diverted to a public sector power company, the land continues to be used by them. Himanshu Upadhyaya details this and other findings, which show thegloomy picture of forest governance in West Bengal.

#Forests #Environment #Government
WILDLIFE PROTECTION
Policy indifference threatens to make the Great Indian Bustard extinct
A fragile grassland ecosystem combined with skewed thrust on conservation of forest lands vis-a-vis the arid dry grasslands paints a bleak future for the Great Indian Bustard, whose numbers are fast dwindling. Malini Shankar reports.
#Forests #Environment
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