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Nature Needs Half: A Necessary And Hopeful New Agenda For Protected Areas

By Harvey Locke


Conservation targets should be based on what is necessary to protect nature in all its expressions. When in 1988 the Brundtland report called for tripling the world’s protected area estate (which was then at 3 to 4 per cent of the land area) there was a strong belief that sustainable development would ensure the proper care for nature on the rest of the unprotected…

Man And Nature

G. PattabiramanBittu Sahgal discusses the importance, to nature and to people, of setting aside untouched "temple forests."

I Miss Mahatma Gandhi

As each Independence Day rolls by, Bittu Sahgal asks what Mahatma Gandhi would think of India's race to colonise future generations' natural inheritance.

The Mesopotamian Marshes: A Case Study of the Need for Local, National, Regional, and International Action

Stars reflected in dark water, the croaking of frogs, canoes coming home at evening, peace and continuity, the stillness of a world that never knew an engine…

Massive Victory for Dolphins and Their Protectors

The MoEF’s decision to ban dolphins in captivity is a massive victory for wildlife lovers, animal rights activists and environmental groups who have been campaigning against a number of projects that were in the pipeline in different parts of India. According to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, “If an oceanarium is finally set up in Miramar, as ambitiously thought of but not pursued vigorously by…

Nuclear Weapons Leave Trail Of Human Rights Abuse

September 21, 2012: Dear Colleagues, – September 13, 2012 was an historic day at the United Nations and in the Marshall Islands. On this day the Human Rights Council considered for the first time the environmental and human rights impacts resulting from the radioactive and toxic substances in nuclear fallout.

Why Kudankulam Is Untenable

November 12, 2011: As the local people determinedly continue to resist the commissioning of the Kudankulam reactors, the statements of the nuclear establishment have acquired a desperate edge. The chief of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) claimed that a “foreign hand” was behind the protests.

Parent-Child Duos At Indian Philanthropy Forum Highlight Generational Approaches

August 12, 2011: This year’s Indian Philanthropy Forum was held in Mumbai on 29 June. Sponsored by the Ajay Piramal group, the Godrej group and the Rothschild Foundation and hosted by Dasra, the forum saw over 175 attendees.

Why Mining In India Is A Source Of Corruption

August 11, 2011: The mining scandal which led to the unseating of a prominent leader in India's southern state of Karnataka is the latest scandal to hit the industry.

As Humans Draw Nearer, Leopards Attack In India

August 5, 2011: Several rural villages in India have suffered leopard attacks in recent months, most recently on Saturday in the northeastern state of Assam. In July alone, nearly 16 people were mauled in four different attacks across the country. The most serious was in the eastern state of West Bengal, where a leopard wandered into a village and injured 11 people.

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