This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.
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A tiger on my land
Photographer Aditya Singh bought about 35 acres of land abutting Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and left it undisturbed for 20 years. The area is now a lush forest and attracts wild animals such as tigers, wild boars and sambar.
Return of indigenous crops helps reduce farm distress and restore ecosystems
In villages in Odisha, tribal communities have returned to indigenous varieties of seeds which yield crops that are better suited to the impacts of the changing climate.
Artificial reefs breathe new life for Tamil Nadu’s fishing communities
These fish aggregating structures provide locations for fishes to grow, thus enabling fishers to get improved incomes.
Third train track in Palamu reserve could derail seasonal elephant movement
Unable to cross the area because of the railway track, elephants will begin entering nearby villages during their seasonal movement, increasing human-elephant conflict.
Forests of the islands
Andaman and the Nicobar Islands, as also the Lakshadweep archipelago, are battling pressures of climate change, seismic impacts, tourism and developmental activities.
Politics of the wild: there’s more to Mhadei than meets the eye
A defiant political and economic atmosphere has whittled down the integrity of Goa’s Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary.
Looking beyond protected areas to conserve species in tea-garden terrains
Researchers have pressed for looking beyond protected areas and identifying conservation compatible landscapes in the agroforestry mosaic in the tea-garden shrouded landscape.
Changing mindsets through guerrilla gardening
The land of rivers and rivulets is struggling on many fronts. The rivers have turned into drains of garbage and filth in the absence of an efficient waste management system.
Sikkim braces for climate extremes
A study on the Teesta river basin in Sikkim by IIT Guwahati researchers projects drastic changes in climate extremes in the 21st century. The basin lies in the states of Sikkim and West Bengal.
Alternate perspectives on forest fires in India
In this commentary, Bharath Sundaram from Krea University writes that India is home to different kinds of forests, each of which respond to fire differently.