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What do creative conservationist Asher Jay, peer-reviewed Canadian rapper Baba Brinkman, Tracks of Giants genius Ian McCallum and UK environmental writer George Monbiot have in common? They're all at WILD10, and they are wowing the audience, the media, and the public with the creative and passionate ways that they are

WILD10 in Full Swing!

Posted by: Jennifer Scarlott on

The 10th World Wilderness Congress (WILD10) is in full swing in the magnificent, medieval city of Salamanca in northwest Spain. Day one, (10/4) began with a traditional blessing by indigenous people from Montana and Brazil. Spanish officials welcomed the WILD10 delegates to Spain, and expressed strong support for rewilding

On the cusp of WILD10!

Posted by: Jennifer Scarlott on

How extraordinary it is to work on wilderness and biodiversity and climate in a medieval city in rural Spain, with such a lovely group of international citizens joined together in a common purpose that Vance Martin (President, The WILD Foundation) described so eloquently tonight, while sitting at a long conference table in a

Tourism: wildlife boon or bane

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Its a tough one to answer, but yes, there is an an answer. Not an easy one, but it can be done.

 In Rwanda (and several other countries that have learned to turn their wildlife tourism into a sustainable income source for the nation and for the communities living next to wild places), a central, online booking facility offers

At last it has rained in Madurai.


The year has been unsually dry, the climate hot.  The chanrges of canned water have increased. The low water table  has gone dry at places. Its been months since I have seen a trickle in Vaigai river. The irrigation tank has been reduced to a puddle. The Cranes and Cormorants did not come this

Mumbai's Miracle Forest

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

On Sunday, September 2, 2013, a GreenKarbon team from Deutsche Bank and Sanctuary Asia, undertook a study trek in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park where the Director of the Park, Mr. Limaye, began  by explaining that along with the scores of other problems, this city forest was being choked by plastic being thrown by careless

Ambitions Blacker than Coal

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

So the Prime Ministers Office is catching stick for coal block allocations. But its not merely how coal was allocated that is the issue, its also the very fact that it is being allocated from forests and other ecosystems without which India has no future.

 As a long time member of the Central Government's environmental expert

So, after giving the Supreme Court faulty advice, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) realises that it acted in haste, but it will nevertheless be forced to repent at leisure... at the expense of a nation riven with quixotic planning, short-term goals and insensitivity to the environment that support us all.

I miss Mahatma Gandhi

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Many of us who served India for decades on Environmental Committees mandated to protect our natural resources have tried without success to convey to planners that they cannot so ruthlessly destroy life-support infrastructures -- forests, wetlands, coasts, rivers, lakes -- to create infrastructures of commerce -- mines, dams,

One decision, too many ???! :-

Posted by: Sameer K S on

July 24, 2012, can be said to be a red letter day for various conservation efforts within the country, not simply because it is regarding, the pride of the nation, our national animal ,"The Tiger"..! This because on this day the countries highest judicial organ spelled out it's stiff stance on what reverence it gives to it's

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