This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.
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She guards Mumbai’s defence against climate change
Mumbai’s 66 square km mangrove cover that cushions the coastline is under continuous threat from the consequences of rapid urbanisation and population surge. A special read for World Mangrove Day.
Wildlife and people work together during Assam’s annual tryst with floods
Monsoon floods have ravaged Assam’s Kaziranga National Park and other protected areas of the state. Experts say the floods are a necessary evil for the floodplain ecosystem.
Flood-resistant housing attracts attention in Kerala
In the August 2018 floods, 251227 houses in Kerala were severely damaged. Of these, 14886 collapsed. Today the State is striving to build flood-resistant houses.
Community farming in Goa emerges as a tool against land conversion
The success in several villages has now become a catalyst for others, particularly for those who want to resist real estate development.
Private sector gets go ahead for assisting rehabilitation of degraded forests
The move is expected to face resistance from organisations working for tribal rights groups as well as from those working for the forest dwellers.
Hydropower projects come back in focus
The government has cleared the controversial Dibang hydropower project in Arunachal Pradesh, and a bill to regulate work-related safety for India’s 5,600 existing dams.
Where do fish go for a spa?
Coral reefs host cleaning stations, spaces where animals get rid of parasites from their bodies with help from cleaner fish.
[Interview] Addressing climate change and biodiversity loss in India’s best economic, developmental interests
We speak to Sir Robert Watson, former chair of Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
Machine learning flags four bat species in India capable of hosting the deadly Nipah virus
Two of these species are found in the state of Kerala, where an outbreak in 2018 claimed 21 lives.
India begins regulating its fisheries
India’s coastal states and central government have begun to take measures to make fishing more sustainable. The latest is the creation of the first ministry for fisheries.