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When the work itself is the reward: Govindappa H. L.

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When the work itself is the reward: Govindappa H. L.
(May 06, 2021) Interview by Sourabha Rao“If conservation were to be considered a cricket field, you could call me an all-rounder,” says Govindappa H. L., somewhat shyly. And when you listen to him for the next half hour or so, you will realise just how befitting that analogy is. Hailing from a humble village called Hiregonigere in Davanagere, Karnataka, Govindappa has been working with us since 2013. He is actively involved in conservation work across Mysuru landscape. His contributions ever s...

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Interview with Ganesh H. Shankar – Part 2

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Interview with Ganesh H. Shankar – Part 2
(April 28, 2021) Read Part 1 here.(Interviewed by Sourabha Rao) 4. Is there a concrete concept called ‘style’? If there really is one, what is it that a photographer needs to strive for? Should that be a drive-force for one to set out with a camera at all?This topic of ‘style’ often comes up in the world of art. Photography is no different. Is there a ‘style’? I think so, since every one of us have differently coded genes. Being overly conscious about it ensures we are lo...

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A hornbill over dawn-lit mountains

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A hornbill over dawn-lit mountains
(April 26, 2021) Article by Gokul GK Arunachal Pradesh’s Sahitya Akademi Award-winning writer, Mamang Dai, wrote in her poem, Floating Island:The sloping mountain is trying to reach mestretching down into the water.Dear one, don’t go away.Rest, rest on my shoulder.Deep in my centre a woman is asleeppressing her cheek on my pillowvivid with dreams.The birds of summer are nesting in her breast.Arunachal. Land of dawn-lit mountains, green valleys and blue rivers, birds and orchids, and love and war...

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Disappearing Turtles

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Disappearing Turtles
(April 21, 2021) Article by Gokul G. K. Freshwater Turtles On 31 January 2021, a team of Railway Protection Force (RPF) seized three bags containing 100 alive Indian flapshell turtles from platform No. 3 of Koderma Railway Station in Koderma district of Jharkhand. This turtle is a protected species under Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Two weeks later, on 13 February, at least 12 flapshell turtles were found dead in Sarsai Nawar Wetland of Etawah district. These consec...

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Interview with Ganesh H. Shankar – Part 1

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Interview with Ganesh H. Shankar – Part 1
(April 19, 2021) (Interviewed by Sourabha Rao)Some conversations trigger a renewed quest for the light of knowing. Without clinging to the need for answers, one learns the humility to comprehend the questions in the first place. It is precisely this thirst for understanding the world and our own place in it that Ganesh H. Shankar‘s words and work evoke in us. I call him, ‘a scientist of thought’.An ardent practitioner of an art-form that tries to capture life in all its details between light an...

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We all have a role to play in wildlife conservation – Mr. Surendra Kumar

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We all have a role to play in wildlife conservation – Mr. Surendra Kumar
(April 12, 2021) Recently, we had the pleasure of interviewing the Rtd. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden of Kerala Forest Department, Mr. Surendra Kumar.(Interviewed by Sourabha Rao)In his recollections are his early days, his experience of being an IFS officer in Kerala, the challenges wildlife has been facing in the state and the measures that the forest department is taking to curb them, a work of short fiction he has authored, his assertion that conservation NGOs ...

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What is happening to India’s forest cover?

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What is happening to India’s forest cover?
(March 21, 2021)  In November 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Brazil's Amazon rainforest suffered the worst fires in a decade. According to a report in The Guardian, ‘Fires in Brazil’s Amazon increased 13% in the first nine months of 2020 compared to a year ago, as the rainforest region experiences its worst rash of blazes in a decade.’But it is not just Amazon. 2020 recorded many cases of forest fires around the globe. In India, the Uttarakhand forest fires caused significant dam...

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ಮಾನವ-ವನ್ಯಜೀವಿ ಸಂಘರ್ಷ: ಮಾಧ್ಯಮಗಳ ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿ

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ಮಾನವ-ವನ್ಯಜೀವಿ ಸಂಘರ್ಷ: ಮಾಧ್ಯಮಗಳ ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿ
(March 19, 2021) (ಡಾ।। ವಿದ್ಯಾ ಆತ್ರೇಯಾ ಸಂಶೋಧನಾ ಲೇಖನವೊಂದರ ಆಧಾರದ ಮೇಲೆ 'ಕಾನ್ಸರ್ವೇಷನ್ ಇಂಡಿಯಾ'ಗೆ ಬರೆದ ಲೇಖನದ ಭಾವಾನುವಾದ)ಅನುವಾದ: ಸೌರಭಾ ರಾವ್© ನಿಕಿತ್ ಸುರ್ವೆ/ ಎಸ್ ಜಿ ಎನ್ ಪಿ / ಡಬ್ಲ್ಯೂಐಐ/ ಡಬ್ಲ್ಯೂಸಿಎಸ್   ಮನುಷ್ಯರು ಮತ್ತು ವನ್ಯಜೀವಿಗಳು ಮುಖಾಮುಖಿಯಾಗುವ ಘಟನೆಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಜನರ ಗ್ರಹಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ರೂಪಿಸುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಸಮೂಹ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮಗಳು ಬಹುಮುಖ್ಯ ಪಾತ್ರ ವಹಿಸುತ್ತವೆ. ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂತಹ ಘಟನೆಗಳಿಂದ ಎಷ್ಟೋ ಬಾರಿ ಮನುಷ್ಯರು ಮತ್ತು ವನ್ಯಜೀವಿಗಳಿಬ್ಬರಿಗೂ ಯಾವುದೇ ಹಾನಿಯುಂಟಾಗದಿದ್ದರೂ, ಅವುಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ವರದಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಭೀಕರ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ಬಳಸಿ ಸುದ್ದಿಯನ್ನು ಉದ್ರೇಕತೆಯಿಂದ ಬಿಂಬಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದ...

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ಕೆನ್ನಾಯಿ ಸಂರಕ್ಷಣೆ: ಹೊಸ ಮೈಲಿಗಲ್ಲು

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ಕೆನ್ನಾಯಿ ಸಂರಕ್ಷಣೆ: ಹೊಸ ಮೈಲಿಗಲ್ಲು
(March 08, 2021) ©ರಾಮ್ಕಿ ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸನ್/ಕಾನ್ಸರ್ವೇಷನ್ ಇಂಡಿಯಾ (ರಯನ್ ಜಿ. ರಾಡ್ರಿಗೆಸ್ ಅವರು 'ಕಾನ್ಸರ್ವೇಷನ್ ಇಂಡಿಯಾ'ಗೆ ಬರೆದಿರುವ ಲೇಖನದ ಅನುವಾದ)ಅನುವಾದ: ಸೌರಭಾ ರಾವ್ಜಾಗತಿಕ ಭೂಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಲೆಕ್ಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಡಿಮೆ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲೇ ಅನೇಕ ಮಾಂಸಾಹಾರಿ ಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳನ್ನು ಭಾರತ ಪೋಷಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಈ ಮಾಂಸಾಹಾರಿ ಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅವೆಷ್ಟೋ ಅವಸಾನದ ಅಂಚಿನಲ್ಲಿದ್ದು, ಅವುಗಳ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನಿಖರವಾದ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯೂ ಇಲ್ಲ, ಮತ್ತು ಅವುಗಳ ಮೇಲ್ವಿಚಾರಣೆಗೆ ಕ್ರಮಗಳೂ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಅಳಿವಿನಂಚಿನಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಪ್ರಪಂಚದ ಮಾಂಸಾಹಾರಿ ಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆನ್ನಾಯಿ – ಏಷಿಯಾಟಿಕ್ ವೈಲ್ಡ್  ಡಾಗ್ ಅಥವಾ ಧೋಲ್ – Cuon alpi...

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Involving Local Communities in Our Eastern Ghats and Telangana Programme

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Involving Local Communities in Our Eastern Ghats and Telangana Programme
(February 15, 2021) MEET OUR STAFF: KUMARASWAMYKumaraswamy, Community Relation Officer of our Eastern Ghats & Telangana Programme, grew up in the outskirts of Warangal, Telangana, a bucolic place surrounded by undulating hills and forests. Living by the forest ever since he was a kid, Kumaraswamy was used to interacting with the local communities, trying to understand their way of life. He thus had a natural inclination to do something that benefited both people, and the natural world and its treasures.After po...

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