Indian wildlife conservation and forest management are at a crossroad today. On the one hand, there is no value for the tree, but only for the land below it — for mining or other ‘development’ projects. The people who live in forests are neglected and impoverished, caught between lack of development and the hateful stick of the forest guard. On the other hand, wildlife conservation is increasingly under threat as well. How can one maintain the balance between forests and development? In my view, it requires a drastic rethinking of what we mean by development and re-positioning forests and wildlife conservation in the development strategy.
About the speaker:
Sunita Narain is the Director General of Centre for Science and Environment and former chairperson of the Tiger Task Force. She also is an award winning Environmentalist and publisher of the leading environmental magazine Down to Earth. She has been a vocal and influential voice in analysing and studying the relationship between environment and development and at creating public consciousness about the need for sustainable development. She has been awarded the Padma Shree, the fourth highest civilian award by the Govt. of India.
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