Book Review – Conservation Kaleidoscope: People, Protected Areas and Wildlife in Contemporary India

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Published by: Kalpavriksh, Duleep Matthai Conservation Trust and authors UPFRONT; 432 pages; Price: Kindle Edition ₹325.00, Paperback ₹580.00

What is the future of conservation in modern India? What are its biggest challenges? Can India achieve the goal of rapid economic growth while leaving its wilderness intact? These are questions that every conservation biologist or practitioner grapples with today. Although these questions may seem simple, their answers are layered—like an onion—as Pankaj Sekhsaria points out in the Editor’s note of Conservation Read More

A Note On India’s Protected Areas

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Here’s an interesting document from the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) which provides details on the Protected Area (PA) network of the country. While the figure of 668 PAs appears to be a large number, in reality these are small areas (just 4.9% of total geographic area) scattered across India’s landscape under severe pressure. Obviously, there needs to be a sufficiently large administrative infrastructure to protect and manage PAs. While the document has no details on this, here’s a … Read More

Protected Area Update — February 2011

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The Protected Area Update is a newsletter on wildlife and protected areas (wildlife sanctuaries and national parks) that is published every two months by Kalpavriksh.

It is in its 15th year of publication and fulfils a vital need of news and information related to PAs from across South Asia, particular India. The newsletter is published six times a year and mailed to nearly 1800 people. Additionally, it goes out as an electronic version to about 1500 individuals and is also … Read More