Monday, 21 May 2018

The coasts need science-based policy action

The coasts came into nation's consciousness after the economic reforms were initiated in 1991. Similarly, it is only now that research is understanding the complexities of coastal and marine biodiversity. By diluting conservation rules for the coast, the government is letting this ecosystem be tampered with even before it is understood. MORE ...

Fishing boats anchored off Mumbai coast.

Is the new forest policy draft missing the wood for the trees?

The draft National Forest Policy 2018 has a strong focus for producing wood for industrial use. It is likely to undo the gains made by the National Forest Policy of 1988. MORE ... 

There is much livelihood support from forests for the poor communities living close by.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Monday, 5 March 2018

Silent Valley: A controversy that focused global attention on a rainforest 40 years ago

In the late 1970s, when the Kerala Government proposed a 120 MW hydro-electric project that would have drowned substantial parts of the Silent Valley rainforests, it did not expect a systematic science-based opposition from a citizen's group, which was picked up nationally and internationally. The final refusal came from Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and river Kunthi continues to flow even during worst summers. MORE ... 

Much of these rich rainforests would have been submerged under the reservoir.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Enthusiasts and experts document biodiversity on a digital platform

There is an increasing enthusiasm among citizens to know more about our country's biological diversity. The India Biodiversity Portal brings together field enthusiasts and experts to create a digital platform to document this wealth. MORE ...