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Fishery degradation in Pakistan: A poverty-environment nexus?

Posted on: 30 Oct, 2013
The number of fishing vessels in Pakistani coastal waters has been steadily increasing but the fish catches steadily decreasing. Press reports blame this on poverty driven over-fishing by the artisanal fishers with banned nets. Using qualitative methods and tapping into local stakeholder knowledge, this study dispels simplistic views by exploring in depth the coastal artisanal fisheries sector in Pakistan and documenting the challenges faced by it.

Niyamgiri answers

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2013
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Rajasthan’s olive dream

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2013

Letters - July 16-31, 2013

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2013
It’s no ploy This is in response to the article, “Gods must be dazed” (June 1-15). It was on my behest that the decision to hold Dih Baba event was taken. It was meant as an organisation building exercise for tribal people and not as a tactic to file land claims on religious basis. I feel compelled to clear the air as equating traditional adivasi practices with religious tactics would start a trend of labelling all tribal activities as communal.

Caught in the web

Author(s): Manupriya
Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
WE HAVE all heard about food chains and food webs. In school they tell us how an ecosystem is as simple as “who eats who”. Grass is eaten by grasshopper, which in turn is eaten by frogs. A frog is then consumed by a snake, which becomes food for an eagle. Grass is also eaten by large herbivores like rabbits and deer that are consumed by top carnivores like cats, lions and humans.

Clearance rush

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) seems to be in a rush to give clearances to development projects. Since January this year, MoEF has given green signal for forestland diversion at an unprecedented rate. It has even diluted some provisions of the law to clear proposals that were earlier denied clearance.

Chaos in the iron age

Issue Date: May 31, 2013
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Himalayan destruction

Author(s): S Kumar
Issue Date: Jan 31, 2013
THE Himalayas are virtually under bombardment—of dams. They would have the highest dam density in the world, with over a thousand water reservoirs dotting the mountain range in India, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan, over the next few years. These projects would have serious ecological and social impacts and would spell disaster for the biodiversity of the region. All this for the much-sought-after hydroelectricity, officially dubbed cleaner and cheaper.
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