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Save Rani Baug

April 2010: In an era of climate change, Mumbai needs green open spaces more than buildings. But the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) does not share this view. It is perhaps a parable of our times that this body has time and again demonstrated its lack of desire to protect what little natural beauty remains in this metropolis.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park – City's Lifeline

April 2010: The Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) is the green lung of Mumbai and is responsible for 10 per cent of the city’s fresh water supply. Home to a stunning array of biodiversity – the park harbours 290 species of birds, 150 species of butterflies, over 1,000 flowering plants, 40 mammals and a host of reptiles and amphibians – SGNP or the Borivali National Park is a…

Terai (Uttarakhand) As A Conservation Management Unit

April 2010: The All India Tiger estimation in 2008 demarcated 7,000 sq. km. of the 15,000 sq. km. Terai Arc landscape as one of the three most critical habitats to tiger conservation. The identified area extends from the banks of the Yamuna river to the Sharda river and is concentrated mostly in Uttarakhand, starting from the Shivalik-Kalsi Forest Divisions in the west onwards to Rajaji…

Vedanta Cannot Be Allowed To Destroy Niyamgiri

April 13, 2010: Bianca Jagger is a campaigner for the rights of indigenous peoples including the Dongria-Kondh in Orissa who are protesting Vedanta’s proposed bauxite mines in the Niyamgiri hills of Orissa. Read the article on the Infochange website

Slippery Trail – Snake Trade On The Rise!

February 2010: On December 28, 2009, police intercepted two cars at the Maharashtra-Andhra Pradesh border and apprehended six smugglers carrying two sand boas. One of the two snakes had been purchased by a middleman from a villager in Nizamabad for Rs. 20,000 and sold to the accused smugglers for two lakhs. They in turn had been offered Rs. 12 lakhs for the snake that weighed about…

Yet Another Road In A Tiger Forest!

February 2010: It’s common knowledge that tiger habitats across the country are in peril. However, our political leaders and government agencies continue to devise new threats to these fragile landscapes on a daily basis. The latest menace comes in the form of a proposed road project over the Banas river, which flows between the Keladevi Sanctuary and the Ranthambhore National Park…

Sand Mining Threaten Tigers In The Valmiki Tiger Reserve

December 2009: Within one km. of the Valmiki Tiger Reserve a massive sand-mining operation is underway and thanks to political support, the perpetrators are able to get away with the removal of even rocks and boulders from the inside of the reserve. A Hindustan Times  report filed by Reena Sopam on November 11, 2009 from Patna states:"Only recently 19 sand-laden tractors…

Gundia Hydro Electric Project

December 2009: The Gundia Hydro Electric Project (GHEP) proposed by the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) is sited amidst the serene and ecologically fragile Western Ghats. If the project is built, it will destroy this vital landscape. The Western Ghats are a biodiversity hotspot – Gundia is one of only three known locations in Karantaka where the Travancore Flying Squirrel…

Passage To Survival - Restore The Gola River And Golai Elephant Corridors

October 2009: The sal dappled glades of the Corbett Tiger Reserve and the evergreen forests of the Upper Dehing Reserved Forests are a perfect example of how India can use her forests to fight climate change. The healthy biodiversity and connectivity of these forests to nearby landscapes make them ideal carbon sinks.Yet,government officials remain…

Poor Governance And The Dibang Dam

August 2009: In yet another show of constitutional disrespect, NHPC Ltd.(earlier National Hydroelectric Power Corporation) and the Arunachal Pradesh State Govt. are again subverting environmental norms. In the belief that massive dams are the only option for the Northeast, NHPC has been pushing for the clearance of the 288 m.high, 3,000 MW Dibang Multipurpose Hydroelectric Project in…

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