It would not be wrong to say that virtually all infrastructure and industrial projects—from mining to thermal and hydel and nuclear power to cement or steel—are under attack today from communities who fear loss of livelihoods. These communities are at the forefront of India’s environmental movement. They are its warriors.

The Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India (GOI) has been asked to identify ecologically sensitive areas (ESAs) along the Western Ghats, and to suggest how to manage them. The concept of ESAs has been extensively
discussed in the literature.

LUCKNOW: In order to conserve and develop forests through public participation, Forest Development Authorities (FDAs) have been created at the level of a forest division. Till now, the state has 63 divisions, where FDAs got funds from the Centre.

"FDAs have been existing in almost all the forest divisions," said sources in forest department.

Red Panda Network, Nepal (RPN) has initiated a conservation project for Red Panda in eastern Nepal along the Singhalila Range in partnership with local organizations and community-based organizations.

Luong Quang Huy describes a participatory research approach designed to empower local communities in adapting to socio-economic trends and climate change. The project resulted in a framework that encouraged local communities to use reflexively what they already have, such as their knowledge and connections, and to apply critical thinking on a daily basis.

At Pakke Tiger Reserve, Nandini Velho learns how a hunting tribe can be partner in conservation.

Hamidia Hospital will soon add state-of-the-art new machines to its existing facilities, thanks to a public-private partnership initiative, it emerged on Friday.
The first phase of the plan will witness the installation of MRI, CT scan machines and linear accelerators in hospitals affiliated to the government medical college.
Private companies will install these machines in hospitals at spaces a

An assessment of the task force report, both in terms of the value of its recommendations and implementability and a comparison with the implementation of the Tiger Task Force recommendations of 2005.

The report of the Elephant Task Force acknowledges the gravity of human-elephant conflicts, and makes a set of potentially far-reaching and forward-looking suggestions to alleviate them. The spirit of most of them is admirable and positive, but the devil, as always, is in the implementation.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has been implementing an ambitious programme of pollution abatement of rivers in India. It started in 1985 with the Ganga Action Plan (GAP) and gradually extended to other polluted rivers through National River Conservation Plan (NRCP).

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