Natural Heritage

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

SAVE OUR WETLANDS

R. Sabesh Many people consider wetlands as unproductive areas and hence destroy or drain it for developmental activities. However, the importance and usefulness of wetlands was first brought to the notice of the world through a Convention on Wetlands held at the Iranian city, Ramsar, in the year 1971. Wetlands are areas of land where the water level remains near or above the surface of the g

GANESHA FOR CREATIVITY AND CONSERVATION

by Nanditha Krishna Hon. Director C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre (Adapted from The New Sunday Express, September 29, 2002) Ganesh Chaturthi is Indian creativity at its contemporary best. A celebration that has assumed larger-than-lifeproportions, Ganesha comes in all sizes, shapes, scenarios and colours. The popularity and public celebration was due to the personal effort of Lokamany

THE FLOOD AT CHENNAI 2015

I wrote these poems when I was depressed and upset, when the rains battered my roof and sewage water flooded my garden. There was no power, water, TV, mobile or social media. We were cut off from the world.

I anticipated the floods when I wrote the first poem on November 24, 2015. I didnt know where to pub

BABY SEALS ADORABLE, HELPLESS, AND DESTINED TO DIE

By Candace Calloway Whiting

It seems that Canada is not all maple syrup after all; the government supported baby seal slaughter is set to resume on April 10th, with a quota set just under a half a million seal pups.