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.

#Wildlife #Environment #KARNATAKA
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.

#Wildlife #Environment
BIO-DIVERSITY ACT
Withering public consultations
BIO-DIVERSITY ACT : Withering public consultations

Per Biological Diversity Act, 2002 before using any Indian biological material for commercial or R&D purposes, public consultation is needed via the local Biodiversity Management Committees, which the National Biodiversity Authority wants to do away with.

#Agriculture #Environment
SUSTAINABLE FOOD
Rays of hope for the ‘local’ in Meghalaya

Even as many pockets of the state, including its capital, battle the ravages of development and consumerism, a couple of villages visited by the author stand as examples of resilient local economies and lifestyles. Aditya Vikram Rametra describes what he saw here.

#Adivasis #Agriculture
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.

#Wildlife #Environment
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.

#Wildlife #Environment #ASSAM
LAND, FOOD AND BIODIVERSITY
Why the land acquisition law is a threat to several others

The government’s push to the amended land acquisition law overlooks provisions in other acts that address closely related issues such as food security and conservation of biodiversity, writes Shalini Bhutani.

#Food Security #Land #Government #Laws
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.

#Wildlife #Environment
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.

#Climate #Energy #Wildlife #Environment
GANGA WATERWAY
Reviving the Ganga, at the cost of its ecology!

The Rs 6300-crore plans for development of the Ganga waterway from Allahabad to Haldia should be undertaken only after meticulous examination of its impact on various elements of river ecology. Debadityo Sinha explains why.

#Environmental Hazards #Water #Environment
SAVING THE WESTERN GHATS
Old trick, new attack
SAVING THE WESTERN GHATS : Old trick, new attack
The MoEF's decision to have one committee examine the recommendations of another with respect to the protection of the eco-sensitive Western Ghats has resulted in needless contradiction and defeat of the core environmental objective. Shripad Dharmadhikary analyses the reports.
#Forests #Environment #Government
BIODIVERSITY
The Sparrow: Concerns and conservation

Were mobile towers primarily responsible for the dwindling number of house sparrows across India? Deepa Mohan studies the findings of a recent survey.

#Environment
ENVIRONMENT/BIODIVERSITY
How Dilawar's box is bringing sparrows back
ENVIRONMENT/BIODIVERSITY : How Dilawar's box is bringing sparrows back

Eco-pioneer Mohammed Dilawar’s nest boxes, specially designed to bring back sparrows and other birds into urban areas, are a hit among bird-lovers in many Indian metros and the birds – themselves.

#Urban Environment #Environment
BIOTECHNOLOGY
Genes can't be patented, says US court
A New York judge rules that trying to patent genetic information cannot be permitted - the first serious setback to the genetic technology industry, which will have implications worldwide, writes Sujatha Byravan.
#Sujatha Byravan #OP-ED #Development & Climate Policy
OPINION : AGRIBUSINESS
Schizophrenia of agricultural policy
OPINION : AGRIBUSINESS : Schizophrenia of agricultural policy
Any discussion of GM crops must take place within the larger framework of the indispensable need to promote biodiversity and set up agricultural policies linked to this need, writes Sujatha Byravan.
#GM Crops #Sujatha Byravan #OP-ED #Development & Climate Policy