Natural Heritage

ELEPHANTS – ENDANGERED IN THE LAND OF LORD GANESHA – PART II

Elephant and ecology

The status of the elephant is a good indicator of the health of the habitat. A habitat, which is good for elephants, is also good not only for its associate species like sambar and cheetal, but also for the predators like panthers and tigers. The habitat will also have to be flora rich to sup

ELEPHANTS – ENDANGERED IN THE LAND OF LORD GANESHA – PART I

Elephants have fascinated mankind perhaps more than any other species of animal on earth. Probably the most well-known among the wild animals of India is the elephant. The elephant is deeply interlinked with a man in India in his religious and cultural heritage. Curiously enough, even though the elephant has been a part of human history in India from tim

ECOLOGICAL HERITAGE SITES OF CHENNAI – PART II

Cooum Estuary

The name of Cooum appears to be derived from Tamil Literature. The word “coovalan” denotes a person who is well versed in the science of hydrology. It is likely, that the River Cooum might have derived its name from such a usage (Rajamanickam, 1970; Mudaliar, 1981). The River Cooum, once a fresh

ECOLOGICAL HERITAGE SITES OF CHENNAI – PART I

Ecological Heritage Sites (EHS) are areas of remnant indigenous vegetation representing a different range of landform, soil, plant associations, habitat or ecosystem that occur in a  particular region. They are the remnants of unique vegetation types that exist in such regions and have high ecological value (Sanjeeva Raj, 2002). There are hundreds of EH

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW IN INDIA – PART III – B

Forest protection

Godavarman’s case7 was a significant case as far as forest protection is concerned. This was the first judicial intervention in forest administration in India. The Supreme Court gave a wider interpretation of the term ‘forest’ to mean even the private forest areas. In r

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW IN INDIA – PART III – A

In a three-part series of articles the author analyses the development of environmental law in India during different periods. The first part dealt with the evolution and development of environmental jurisprudence during ancient and medieval periods and during British rule in India. The second part threw light on the environmental legal framework since independence

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW IN INDIA – PART II – B

  1. The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974

The Act provides for the prevention and control of water pollution and maintenance and restoration of wholesomeness of water. It establishes a Central Pollution Control Board at the national level and State Pollution Control Boards in ever

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW IN INDIA – PART II-A

In a three-part series of articles the author analyses the development of environmental law in India during different periods. The first part dealt with the evolution and development of environmental jurisprudence during ancient and medieval periods and during British rule in India. This second part throws light on the environmental legal framework since

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW IN INDIA – PART I

In a three-part series of articles the author analyses the development of environmental law in India during different periods. The first part deals with the evolution and development of environmental jurisprudence during ancient and medieval periods and during British rule in India. The second part will throw light on the environmental legal framework since independ

ETHNOBOTANY – PLANTS AND PEOPLE

Ethnobotany is the study of inter-relationship between plants and people. From the beginning human beings of all cultures and races have been utilizing plant material for their various needs. Plants provide a wide variety of things: timber, fibre, perfumes, paper, resin, dyes, oils, soaps, etc. Plants also provide us a wide variety of food (for mental and physical s