Environment and Ecology

Environmental conservation and sustainability, respecting ecological integrity and limits

This section relates to initiatives that promote the principles of ecological integrity and limits. These are initiatives which envision models of decentralized conservation of land, water and biodiversity, based on a respect for both local and modern knowledge, and considering environment as an integral part of life and work. It also highlight attempts at linking livelihoods to ecological regeneration and restoration at local and landscape level. It will feature innovative attempts to deal with problems of pollution and waste. Overall, this section will try to work towards an understanding of the ecosystem which includes sociological, historical and geographical considerations while deciding on the path that local urban/ rural communities and the larger society take towards well-being.

Van Gujjars help conserve forests, but are deprived of rights

The Van Gujjars – a pastoralist community in Uttarakhand – are on the frontline of climate change, but their role in forest management is limited by the rights they are denied

World Social Forum: Rethinking and Redefining Development Itself

Bioregionalism means regaining social and environmental well-being by redrawing the boundaries of governance, especially at the lowest village and township levels.

Teaching Them Young: This Not-For-Profit Organization In Delhi Offers ‘Farm-Based’ Learning For Children

Integrating farming and composting with the existing learning method, at the school level, to provide a productive and work-based pedagogical approach to children.

Songs of Resistance: Aarey

Resisting powerful forces, their music and activism persist, challenging mainstream development narratives and advocating for environmental justice and Adivasi rights.

How Punam’s journey into entrepreneurship was bolstered by the Margshala Fellowship

How businesses can be community-centric, environmentally sensitive and thrive with the right support systems in place

Socio-political and environmental dynamics of Manipur’s Loktak Ramsar site

Scientists studying the ecological profile of the lake say that many species of native plants, fishes and other invertebrates have steadily declined

Traditional House Restoration in Ladakh

This short video highlights the importance of using local and sustainable methods and materials for construction.

The River Speaks

This short story was inspired by a walk organised alongside the Indus river in order to raise awareness and help the youth of Ladakh reconnect with the river and her ecosystem.