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23 October 2014
ENVIRONMENT : WILD LIFE

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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.

Forests Environment opinions Environment Government Environmental Law and Regulation

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.
Energy Bio Diversity Climate 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 the gloomy 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

WILDLIFE PROTECTION
Why poaching still thrives in India
Wildlife experts across India stress the need for more stronger cases backed by scientific evidence and administrative efficiency, speedy trials and effective prosecution of the guilty. Bosky Khanna reports.
Forests Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

ABUSE OF ANIMALS
Is conservation possible without protection of animal rights?
Abuse of animals by humans in various garbs is a sad reality across countries and communities. Deeply moved by an HBO documentary, Malini Shankar explains why the issue of animal rights and prevention of cruelty must be inextricably linked to conservation efforts.
Environment opinions Environment

ENVIRONNMENT/WILDLIFE
A lost emperor's cry for sovereignty
Simultaneous protection of rights of both tigers and human tribes is a utopian dream; where co-existence is an inescapable reality, political will to reduce human imprint to a minimum and sensitisation of forest dwellers are critical to conservation, writes Malini Shankar
Forests Environment

REGULATION
Lights, camera, destruction!
A filming crew's damage to the Kambalakonda wildlife sanctuary is brought before the courts. But how did it get this far in the first place? Kanchi Kohli reports.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation ANDHRA

CONFLICT IN THE WILD
Was this tigress a man-eater or threatened?
A tigress recently attacked and killed a man inside the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Karnataka. Malini Shankar digs deeper to find answers for the inevitable question.
Law and Order Environment KARNATAKA

KAZIRANGA PARK
Linking conservation to livelihoods
A livelihoods programme for villages on the fringes of Kaziranga National Park makes big gains in the fight against poaching, and also recognises the importance of locals as stakeholders in wildlife conservation. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.
Environment ASSAM

OPINION/TIGER CONSERVATION
India's tiger reserves are maternity wards
Both for vast array of species it shields and the sustainability of the ecosystems it inhabits, the tiger is the sentinel of the ecological destiny of the whole Indian subcontinent. Malini Shankar says tiger conservation is no longer a mere choice.
Environment Guest Opinions

WILDLIFE
Indian forests can support 20,000 tigers: experts
If all of India's tiger terrain was protected very well, including from cattle grazing conflicts from forest dwellers, it could potentially support 20,000 tigers, say some experts. Malini Shankar has more.
Environment

WILDLIFE TRADE
By the skin of their teeth
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species governs living animals and plants, and also the tusks and skins of dead animals. India has two such items. Darryl D'Monte reports.
Environment
 

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