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A Vital Corridor For Large Mammals In The Southern Western Ghats

February 2008: Most of our Protected Areas are being islanded, with their connecting corridors to other forested areas literally torn asunder. In the forests extending from the Palghat Gap, south to the Agasthyamalai Hills (called the southern Western Ghats landscape), over 4,000 elephants, a viable tiger population and a number of other endangered species continue, to survive, tenuously. …

Coastal (Mis) Management Zone

August 2008: India’s coastline, stretching across 5,700 km., supports the livelihoods of millions every single day.  In the past, protection measures in the form of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Rules, 1991 have helped prevent the wanton destruction of our marine breeding nurseries to a certain extent.

Royal Bengal Tiger Bachao

June 2008: Despite enhanced awareness about the impact of deforestation on public health, soils and the water security of India, the pace of deforestation is quicker than ever before in India’s history. This has serious consequences for our economy and the quality of life of our people, primarily because, apart from burning fossil fuel, deforestation is one of the world’s largest…

Mining In Tigerland

December 2008: In the last decade, the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve(TATR) in Maharashtra has slowly but surely established itself as a stronghold of the tiger in Central India. However, its location in the mining district of Chandrapur that also has some of the highest incidences of human-wildlife conflict typifies the tough battles that must be won to secure this fragile wilderness. Now…

End Of The Road For The Grizzled Squirrel?

October 2008: Most of India’s wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, large and small, are dismembered by roads and rail lines.  These pose a serious threat to wildlife, fragmenting the habitat and resulting in road kills. Conservationists are, therefore, horrified to learn that a new 8.66 km. road has been proposed in the Srivilliputtur Grizzled Squirrel Sanctuary in T.N.,…

World Bank Vs. Sea Turtles – Trauma In Tamil Nadu

April 2008: The proposed port in Dhamra, the Sethu-Samudram Ship Canal Project in the Gulf of Mannar, unsustainable fishing practices and ocean pollution – the cup of woes for endangered olive ridley sea turtles has already been overflowing. Now adding to their troubles is the large-scale planting of Casuarinas along prime nesting beaches on the Tamil Nadu coast.

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