wildlife
43 ARTICLES
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.

#Environment #Biodiversity
WILDLIFE
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
WII WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PROGRAMME
At one with nature while learning about wildlife
WII WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PROGRAMME : At one with nature while learning about wildlife

Have you ever wondered how forensic scientists help bring poachers to trial? Or how it feels to walk in forest land for three hours amidst torrential rain? From theory to practice, the exhilarating experience of wildlife conservation comes alive in a course for enthusiasts. Deepa Mohan recounts her experience.

#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.

#Environment #Biodiversity
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 #Environment #People #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.

#Environment #Biodiversity #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.                                  

#Forests #Environment #OP-ED #Environmental Regulation
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.

#Environment #Biodiversity
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.

#Forests #Environment #Government #Environment Opinions #Environmental Regulation
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.

#Energy #Climate #Environment #Biodiversity
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
WILDLIFE PROTECTION
Why poaching still thrives in India
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 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 #Environment Opinions
ENVIRONNMENT/WILDLIFE
A lost emperor's cry for sovereignty
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