Corridor/Connectivity conservation (Prachi Thatte): day4

Expanding infrastructure networks, land-use change and anthropogenic development have been fragmenting natural landscapes across the globe. Vast swathes of natural landscapes have been converted into fragments embedded in a human-modified landscape. Such fragmentation impacts movement of many species, disrupting several ecological and evolutionary processes. Conserving and restoring corridors that link fragmented habitats are hence critical to protect wild populations and ecological processes.

Corridors that maintain connectivity range from a few meters wide mitigation structure across a busy road to large corridors that stretch tens or hundreds of kilometers across multiple land-use types and jurisdictions. Corridor conservation requires collaboration between a wide range of groups including conservationists, local communities and infrastructure planners, among others. Their priorities may not always be aligned with each other. Hence planning and implementation are not trivial tasks. Support from local communities, political buy-in, land-tenure and jurisdictions are crucial considerations for corridor conservation in rapidly changing, multiple use landscapes.

In this symposium, conservation practitioners will share stories from different corridors across India. The speakers have been engaging with the government agencies, working with local communities and sometimes even fighting legal battles to ensure conservation of corridors. They will highlight social, political and legal aspects of corridor conservation and share their success stories as well as the challenges they continue to face.