For the Adivasi people living outside the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, land and community rights is still a distant dream.
One of the country’s most famous bird sanctuaries, Ranganathittu in Karnataka was devastated by last year’s floods.
[Interview] “Avoiding the risk of land degradation is fundamental to any response to climate change”
Lead scientist Barron Orr, an expert on land degradation processes and social dimensions of natural resource management will be leading the UNCCD scientific team during the negotiations at the CoP.
The United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD) has designed a drought toolbox that can assess drought risk and vulnerability of any region across the world.
They can be easily installed and readings can be accessed and analysed from anywhere
The Karnataka government’s proposed Mekedatu multi-purpose balancing reservoir project has run into rough water with environmentalists who have alleged that it will spell the death-knell for protected wildlife and also possibly kick off another water sharing dispute with Tamil Nadu.
Namma Sangha (Our Group) is an organisation aiming to reduce pressure on the forests and provide villagers with an alternative source of fuel.
Researchers and the Andaman and Nicobar Forest Department have recorded the maximum number of turtle nests for a single season in the Little Andaman Islands this year.
Over the last three years, the people of Hima Malai Sohmat are working proactively to conserve the Western Hoolock gibbons and in the process, they are saving their forests too.
In some parts of the city, the groundwater level has sunk to more than 1,100 feet when it was found at 650-700 feet a few years ago, and even suppliers of water tankers are finding it difficult to source water.
A combination of factors, including extreme weather events stemming from climate change, habitat fragmentation and unregulated fishing, has placed many of the endemic fish species in the river Cauvery, which flows through Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, at the risk of extinction, researchers say.
Several tribal communities in Karnataka, including the Siddis, have alleged that their claims of the right to live in forests were rejected under the Forest Rights Act (FRA) because of bureaucratic oversight and lack of documents, not because the claims were not valid.
For the fourth day in a row, the dry deciduous forests of Bandipur were up in flames, destroying an estimated 3,000 hectares of forests that are home to tigers, leopards, civets, sambar deer and four-horned antelopes among other animals.