Issue Date: Feb 29, 2012
In 2006, a group of scientists wrote an article in the journal, Current Science, highlighting problems wildlife researchers faced in obtaining research permits for work in forests. The article articulated the barriers to conducting wildlife research in India, especially in protected areas. Six years later, many of the issues they raised continue to plague research. While wildlife and conservation biologists across the world develop sophisticated long-term research projects in ecology, Indian biologists are left running from pillar to post in search of the permits.