Connecting the Tigers — Mapping Habitat Connectivity for Tigers in Central India

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It turns out that – when it comes to protecting India’s tigers – size matters, just not in the way most people might think. Large protected areas are clearly important for such a wide-ranging, territorial species. But in what may be a somewhat counter-intuitive finding, new research also shows that small protected areas often play a disproportionate role in ensuring the long-term survival of tigers in Central India.

Over the last several years, India has been working to improve tiger … Read More

Chhattisgarh — A Neglected Area on Ecological Research

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Chhattisgarh State, lying in the Vindhyan hill regions and Deccan plateau in central India, has over 44% of its land area under forests and is rich in biodiversity. 7.8 Million indigenous and tribal communities eke out their livelihood from these forests and biological resources. These forests are also the origin of major rivers – Mahanadi, Indravati and Narmada. Chhattisgarh has three national parks, eleven wildlife sanctuaries and three tiger reserves, and has endangered fauna like Wild Buffalo (Babulus babulis arnee)Read More

Environment Ministry Asks Chattisgarh to Propose Tiger Reserve Status for Guru Ghasidas National Park

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The Union Environment Ministry has asked Chattisgarh to submit a proposal to the National Tiger Conservation Authority asking for Guru Ghasidas National Park to be declared a Tiger Reserve. The national park lies in between Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh and Jharkhand’s Palamau tiger reserves. It is also contiguous with Madhya Pradesh’s Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has said that this would make for the largest landscape for tiger conservation in this part of Central India. Wildlife Institute of … Read More

Three Coal Blocks Opened in Chhattisgarh Against Recommendation of Forest Advisory Committee

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The Union Environment Minister has eased his stand against the ‘go no-go’ policy where three coal blocks were cleared in the dense Hasdeo-Arand forests in Chhattisgarh. The clearance comes against the recommendations of the forest advisory committee (FAC). The minister has given six reasons for his decision. He has said that the projects are on the fringe of thick forest blocks and that the project had been curtailed from original versions. The proponents were also said to have accommodated the … Read More