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The Impending Extinction Of Wildlife Committees

June 2011: Civil society members on India’s most important wildlife conservation committees are mostly rubber stamps, says Ashish Kothari, making these forums so much greenwash for pushing ‘development’ projects that threaten wildlife habitats.

Comments On Critical Wildlife Habitats

May 25, 2011: Background: The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) first formulated Guidelines for notification of Critical Wildlife Habitats (CWH) under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (FRA) on 27th October 2007.

A New Publication On Tiger Conservation

May 15, 2011: Dear colleagues: Some of us jointly published an analysis on the most cost-effective and optimal global tiger conservation strategy in the present context. This paper just came out in the prestigious journal PLOS Biology.

Of The 1%, By The 1%, For The 1%

April 13, 2011: Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few. Yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income—an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret.

The World Bank Has No Place In India's Tiger Recovery Plans

February 2011: (This letter, dated January 14, 2011, was written by Sanctuary’s Editor, Bittu Sahgal to the Minister for Environment and Forests in response to a recent announcement by the MoEF that the World Bank is being approached to ‘strengthen partnerships’ to advance India’s green-growth agenda.)

Bird Playback – Reflections on Audio Technology and Birding Practices

February 2011: Jiw-jiw-jiw-jiw… “Cutia calling,” exclaimed our guide reaching for his MP3 player attached to powerful Sony micro-speakers. The Cutia’s distinctive call blasted out beside me as we searched the mossy branches of a small stand of trees at a bend along the track.

Acknowledging The Importance Of Nature And Tribal Cultural And Religious Traditions

January 30, 2011: The natural world and ourselves – One of the defects of the printed word has been the changing of human perception of the natural world from a cyclic to a linear phenomenon, in fact too much printed information has removed us from the experience of meaning to the understanding of words which are supposed to create ideas related to meaning.…

Reflections On The Jaipur Literature Festival

January 20, 2011: Incest is a reality but perhaps all civilizations have been wary of it. Jaipur Literature Festival that began as ‘civil society’ initiative in 2006 has developed into a DSC Limited sponsored festival of literature for the last five years.

Talkers Or Doers, It Helps Staying Grounded

December 9, 2010: Ultimately the system decides if it will allow one to be part of it, but it cannot really stop one from trying to reform it.

Saving Tigers In St Petersburg?

December 5, 2010: Even as governments, conservationists, scientists, economists converged in St Petersburg for a Global Tiger Summit last week in an ambitious plan to ‘reverse the decline and double tiger numbers’; on the ground, the  star of the show-the tiger was otherwise engaged,  in a particularly embittered battle.

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