Your Environment This Week: “Just transitions” in mining, fisheries policy & Corbett’s legacy

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

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Despite an early vision for sustainability in mining, is India’s progress faltering?

India needs a transparent and robust approach to address social and environmental issues related to the mining sector.

[Video] Is mining in India ‘just’ for the environment and communities?

Mining is referred to as a necessary evil. The concept of ‘just transition’ involves discussion around operating and shutting mines sustainably or shifting to renewable power in the case of coal mining.

Mapping human-elephant conflict hotspots from compensation records

Compensation records provide a snapshot of human-wildlife conflicts across landscapes and help in prioritisation of areas for intervention.

Living with leopards: taking forward Corbett’s legacy

A school teacher, who is popularly known as ‘Corbett of Chamoli’, is educating the hill residents how to coexist with wild animals.

Mapping conflict hotspots as leopards adapt to unlikely habitats outside PAs

Unpacking patterns of leopard attacks on livestock and landscape features in the Indian Himalayas offers clues to potential human-leopard conflict hotspots, a study has said.

Locals brace to fight for their Oran in Rajasthan

In western Rajasthan, near Jaisalmer, locals are battling with the administration to save a 600-year-old sacred grove, as high-tension power lines are being laid in the area.

Draft National Fisheries Policy seeks big growth but ignores fishers

Fishermen bodies and experts in the fisheries sector feel the policy is export-oriented, production-driven and based on capital, while it ignores communities and the environment.

Listen closely: using bioacoustics in wildlife conservation

Audio recording devices can be used to answer questions in ecology and conservation, and to monitor landscapes through their soundscapes.

Making communities central to conservation [commentary]

A number of examples already exist in India and the world over to show that community-led conservation works well if structured right.

The palm oil value chain and India’s links with global deforestation [commentary]

India’s consumption of palm oil exceeds domestic production and it remains the biggest buyer with 70% demand met through imports.

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