Your Environment This Week: Faith and healing in sacred groves, cheetah reintroduction

This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.

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Water food cultivators in Madhya Pradesh face an existential crisis

For the Raikwad community in Imlaha, in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur district, the Kusum Sagar talaab (water body) dominated by aquatic plants is a source of survival throughout the year.

The healing, wish-fulfilling sacred groves of Madhya Pradesh

Sacred groves in Jhabua and Alirajpur districts shelter rare plant species, including a rich bounty of medicinal plants, mirroring the composition of forests that once stood in that region.

The futility of the teak forest in Kandhamal

Teak forests are threatening the survival of the Kutia Kondh, an agrarian tribal community in Odisha, who depend on the forest for their livelihood, medicinal and socio-cultural practices.

Is India ready to bring the Cheetah back?

Reversing its own order of 2013 wherein it had struck down cheetah reintroduction in India, the Supreme Court has now given a go-ahead to central government’s ambitious plan for bringing cheetah from Namibia, Africa.

Cities taking longer to shed heat despite surrounding greenery: Study

There is a slow and consistent increase in the background temperature of cities– a signature of human-caused global warming and local climatic changes.

The story of a restored forest that restored lives

Villagers in Purulia in West Bengal have grown a lush green forest on a barren mountain, which has reduced their groundwater crisis and improved local microclimate.

Once fighting for Bodoland, 35 men divert their efforts to grow a forest

Their efforts have proved an inspiration for youngsters, who have come forward to create a forest and also earn a livelihood from it.

Green cover of many Indian states rises but carbon stock declines

A decline in carbon stock means there is less biomass in the forest that happens mainly due to deforestation of dense forests and shrinking of trees owing to drought.

No-mining zones to protect river ecosystems from sand mining

The 2020 guidelines for sand mining stress on creating no-mining zones in sensitive areas and the use of the latest technology for surveillance of illegal mining and estimating mining reserves.

[Commentary] Budget 2020 is an opportunity for navigating Indian fisheries sector out of the blues

With marine fish production stagnating over the years, there is scope for supporting sustainable fishing practices to strengthen this sector.

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