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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


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.


As the editor of Sanctuary Asia I have been asked this question by hundreds of young persons down the years.  Here is the advice I gave to Sutirtha Lahiri, one of our brightest young wildlifers from Guwahati Assam:

 Your personality must determine what you do in life. And making turning your passion into your work should be a


ECONOMISTS AS ORGAN TRADERS

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Its bad enough that India's economists are doing a terrible job of managing our fragile nation. Its worse that they are trying to cover their inefficiencies by plundering our ecological vaults (exporting cheap coal to China from under critically important forests, including our Tiger Reserves). This will end up by turning India


Give wider berth to Nilgiri Tahr

Posted by: Suresh K L on

Being endemic to South-Western ghats, Niligiri Tahr occurs in a few protected parks of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and their number stands between 2000-3000 is known fact. When British invaded this part of India, Thar's numbered around 50,000-100,000. It is said that Palani Hills landscape of Tamil Nadu alone had 25000-30000 of these

A strong West Wind!

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Today was a very special day for me. I met with 80 pre-primary children from West Wind School, Mumbai. My message to them? Nature is your best friend and will look after you forever, but you must also look after Mother Nature and not hurt her in any way.  We spoke about the tiger, about whale sharks, the oceans, the high


ELEPHANT TRAUMA

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Mysore put elephants on the front pages of newspaper and in the headlines of television news yesterday. Check this out to understand the trauma to both humans and the elephants.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/cities/wild-elephants-on-rampage-in-mysore-city-one-killed-110859

But its like this. Elephants need space to survive. If we


The Sanctuary Cover Story June 2011 explores whether and how we can negotiate a path by availing of the immense potential of tourism to educate, conserve and offer employment, YET avoid the minefield of misuse and abuse that afflicts many of our finest wildernesses. And in the process can we ensure that wild species and the people who live next to them become primary beneficiaries of tourism? Can wildlife tourism physically enhance the quality and quantum of habitat available to wild species? People have grappled with this issue for over a century, but few people put the issue in better perspective than Aldo Leopold, the famous American naturalist, who opined that, "The problem with wildlife management is not how we handle the deer - the real problem is one of human management."


The Fate of the Tiger

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

As my friend Ian McCullum, author of Ecological Intelligence once opined, nature is not slipping through our fingers, we are slipping through nature's fingers!

Despite all the bad news around us and despite Jairam Ramesh's quixotic U-turn on environmental issues, I think we might just about manage to keep the tiger's head above


Bandhavgarh - RED FLAG.

Posted by: Shivir chordia on

 

A new season in a Tiger reserve  is always something one looks forward to, there is always news ....news about young cubs, news about the old tigers - how and what they are doing...news about tiger counts - who is showing off ? who is not ?.., news about birds - new winter migrants, etc.. etc ...then there is always news