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Dr. Ganesh Vankhede

Dr. Ganesh Vankhede

WILDLIFE SERVICE AWARD: Dr. Ganesh Vankhede has used science to protect habitats such as the Melghat Tiger Reserve from destructive projects including the Chikaldhara Pumped Storage dam and the Upper Tapi Stage II dam. Courtesy: NCSA.

Month Year: December 2010


He has been a protector of wildernesses for over three decades. As head of the post-graduate department of Zoology at the S.G.B Amravati University, he has critiqued several falsified Environment Impact Analysis, or EIA Reports by academicians paid to provide a justification for the destruction of tiger habitats. He has also authored many truthful EIA reports that prevented projects such as the Chikaldhara Pumped Storage Dam and the Upper Tapi Stage II Irrigation Project from destroying the Melghat Tiger Reserve and other wildernesses in Vidarbha. His 10 PhD and 23 M.Phil students are being oriented to follow his example. Thirteen books and countless published scientific papers later he continues to work close to the ground with the Satpuda Foundation and with students who are currently documenting the ecology of spiders.

First published in: Sanctuary Asia, XXX No. 6, December 2010.


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