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.

Proto-Village: A Prototype of a Vikalp Economy

Each one can produce their food, is literate, can think mathematically, are environmentally responsible and physically fit

How Sarmoli became a poster child of ecotourism in Uttarakhand

Maati Sangathan has directly or indirectly touched thousands of lives across the Gori river valley, and beyond

Folk singer & orphans rejuvenate barren land

Students walk up to a hilltop, daily, and water the sapling planted the previous day before putting a new one into the soil.

पेड़ लगानेवाली महिलाएं (in Hindi)

वनों की सुरक्षा के साथ आजीविका की सुरक्षा व पोषण व खाद्य सुरक्षा भी होगी

The Indian urban forager is discovering flavours of edible weeds

Urban Indian foragers discover bursts of flavour in tangles of weeds as wild fritters, cutlets and soups become a delicious side effect of the lockdown.

Recognising the role of pastoralists in agrarian development

Migration to fertile crop fields has been the norm for pastoralists to overcome environmental variabilities

Location, Port Design Could Spell Doom for Turtles at Galathea Bay: Experts

The NBWL has denotified Galathea Bay wildlife sanctuary for an “international shipment project”, with no mitigation plan in sight.

Women from Kerala weave a solution to the region’s climate woes

"... the vetiver prevents soil erosion in our farmlands and it’s also profitable for us.”

Bahuguna and the seeds of struggle in the Himalayas

Sunderlal Bahuguna may have departed, but there are many formidable repositories of diverse oral and embodied knowledge.