A good society knows how to clean its rubbish. But instead of setting an example for the world through its traditional handling of human excreta, Japan is following unsustainable Western models of sewage treatment

India needs to have a hard look at the sources of all its varied traditional knowledge and how to protect them

despite the government's claims of the country being a centre of megadiversity with immense traditional knowledge of its use, little has been done to nurture both. Yet another board has been

Misguided conservation efforts are leading to depletion of biodiversity and exploitation of poor people

After the ban on grazing, the Valley of Flowers has turned into a jungle of weeds

A mutual lack of trust and understanding between forest officials and wildlife scientists may be responsible for the mismanagement of India s protected areas

M K Ranjitsinh , former director of the Tiger Conservation Programme of the World Wide Fund for Nature India , was an important player in the formulation of the Wildlife Protection Act. He spoke to Down

What happens if conservation is based on half baked knowledge? Ask a person rendered homeless by wildlife managers

No conservation strategy will succeed in India unless the biomass requirements of the local communities are harmoniously integra

A ban on grazing follows a decision to allow harvesting of grass in Keoladeo

Foresters need to throw away their blinkers. Scientists need to prioritise areas of research

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