Great Indian Bustard: The bird that “almost” became our national bird

When India was a newly formed country, just free from the clutches of the British Raj, decisions had to be made about what animals would be the symbol of our country. The Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps)¬†was a strong contender for being claimed as the National Bird of India. But, considering a possible national embarrassment […]

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The ground reality of conservation in India: An interview with Dr. George Schaller

Conservation for the sake of conservation is a romantic notion. But in reality, it’s far from it. Conservation today requires the cooperation of many stakeholders, including the locals, different levels of government, corporations and even the potential economic benefit of the area in question. Unfortunately, the last factor seems to be held in highest regard in […]

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Mitigation Hierarchy: Levels of mitigation in Environmental Impact Assessment

Mitigation is vital to the process of EIA, because it ensures that the adverse environmental impacts of a developmental project are minimized or completely avoided. Mitigation comes with a variety of levels, and this is commonly called as “mitigation hierarchy” in EIA literature. In this post, I’ll be talking in detail about this hierarchy, and […]

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World Conservation Strategy: What is it and why is it important?

Now that we have established why conservation is as important as restoration (if you haven’t read that, read¬†Conservation vs Restoration: The key differences), let’s delve deeper into the steps the world has taken towards conservation of biodiversity. After recognizing that the world’s biodiversity is under threat, the countries of the world under the banner of […]

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Effective communication can be as important as conservation and restoration efforts

At the moment, I’m at a Toastmasters International semi-annual conference. This is an organization that strives to help people all over the world improve their communication and leadership skills. I’m a member, a passionate one, and I believe that the skills of communication and leadership are vitare in any given field; particularly in the field […]

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