Natural Heritage

Deep Sea under Peril

R. Sabesh

Three - fourths of the earth’s surface is covered by the sea, of which only 7 - 8% is the coastal area and the rest is deep sea. Though the geographical area of deep sea is vast, our knowledge and understanding about the deep-sea environment is limited, due to inaccessibility and the requirement of very expensive and sophisticated ins

Know Your Animals…

Jayanthi Rengun

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Cardamom – The Queen of Spices

Sandhya

Cardamom, often called ‘Grain of Paradise’, is native to India. It is a pungent, aromatic herb, first used around the 8th century. Cardamom, rightly termed, as the Queen of Spices, is a highly priced exotic spice. The history of Indian cardamom is as old as human civilization. Cardamom was the most popular sp

Forgotten Cereals

Dr. P. Sudhakar

Millets were first cultivated in Asia, Africa and Europe, in pre-historic times. Being rich in carbohydrates, proteins and minerals, they were the staple food for the poor of Rome and Europe during the middle ages. Though crops like rice, wheat, maize, etc., have gained importance; some regions in India still cultivate millets.

Are Big Dams Temples of Modern India?

B. Vijayasarathy

There is lot of controversy and conflict regarding the construction of Narmada dam. Will construction of big dams like Narmada really contribute to the sustainable development of this country? When you say no to this question you will be branded as anti- development activist. People involved in degrading the environment in the na

Consultation on “Orans/ Dev-Vans”: Deemed to be Forests Climate Change and EbA links

18-19 Oct 2019 at KRAPAVIS Oran Training Centre, Alwar

Aman Singh

WORKSHOP STATEMENT / DECLARATION

About a year ago, (on 03/07/2018), the Supreme Court (SC) of India issued an Order declaring all Orans to be "deemed forests". If implemented, this Supreme Court Order wou

OLIVE RIDLEY TURTLES

Jayanthi Rengun

A turtle is a reptile with a bony or leathery shell. Any shelled reptile can be called a turtle, but in North America people commonly use the word tortoise to designate members of a family of turtles that live entirely on land, reserving the word turtle for species that live in or near water.

ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS – ENDEMIC DIVERSITY

Dr. T. Sundaramoorthy

Nature has endowed these lands with a unique and varied plant and animal life both on land and sea. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are globally known because of their scenic beauty and rich biodiversity. The species richness with high degree of endemism is attributed to the geological situation with three natura

INVASION OF ALIEN PLANT SPECIES IN THE NILGIRIS

M. Kumaravelu

Unobtrusive invasion by alien species of plants is being considered as a major issue, which if curtailed and controlled, could save the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. In India, serious conservation efforts began after independence. The enactment of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, could be cited as one of the major effor

ECOLOGICAL HERITAGE SITES OF CHENNAI – SCRUB JUNGLES

Amirthalingam

The ecological heritage sites in Chennai are classified into five broad categories, according to the vegetation types and natural resources - scrub jungles being one of them. Scrub jungles are home to diverse and fragile biological organisms. There are five sites that come under this category and these include the Guindy National Park, IIT Campu