Crusader for the rights of over eight million Indian fisherfolk, Thomas Kochery , 57, made news headlines when he rejected the US $150,000 Fellowship of Pew foundation of Massachusetts, USA. He was recently elected unanimously the general coordinator of the World Forum of Fish workers and Fish-harvesters (WFF) -- launched to fight for the rights of over 100 million fisherfolk across the globe.…
"We are not afraid to lay down more lives for our rights"
Chilika, Asia's largest brackish water lake in Orissa, is in the midst of a controversy that refuses to die. At stake is the livelihood of hundreds of fisherfolk and the lake itself. The fisherfolk have launched a movement to fight for their rights. Not to be left out, the women of the fishing villages are firmly behind this agitation and have even formed an organisation, Chilika Mahila …
"There is no transparency in the Indian paper industry"
N J Rao, professor, Institute of Paper Technology, University of Roorkee, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, is one of the three technical consultants of the Green Rating Project (GRP), undertaken by the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi. He spoke to Lian Chawii and Kazimuddin Ahmed on the state of the pulp and paper industry in India
We have robbed the soil of its nutrients
P N TAKKAR former director of the Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, and currently principal scientist at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, has been working on micro and secondary nutrients in soil and plant nutrition for the past 30 years. He has primarily focussed on identifying nutrient deficiency disorders in different soils and crop conditions. He spoke to …
Pesticides are wiping out cranes
George Archibald , director, International Crane Foundation (ICF), USA, has been a regular visitor to Keoladeo Ghana National Park, Bharatpur. In 1993-94, an attempt was made to introduce captive-reared Siberian cranes among the wild flock in Bharatpur. Unfortunately, it failed. He spoke to Amit Shanker about the dwindling population of cranes
"The new land Bill will displace More people"
WALTER FERNANDES, director of programme for tribal studies in the New Delhi-based Indian Social Institute, is a vocal critic of Development projects that dislodge people and degrade the environment. His study on displacement is the most comprehensive one available in India and is quoted even by the government. In an interview with JITENDRA VERMA, he talks about the proposed amendments to …
Community forest management is the future
It has been 10 years since the Joint Forest Management (jfm) was officially started in India. Ajit Banerjee, who first experimented with the concept of jfm , today wants this programme to be replaced by community forest management. He spoke to KumKum Dasgupta about the past, present and future of forest management
Ramsar is not a strong, strict and rigid convention
India has listed 16 wetlands under the Ramsar sites, but with no policies, knowledge or interest shown by the authorities, proper management is impossible? Brij Gopal speaks to Lian Chawii on this issue. Gopal is a member of several international organisations related to wetlands, he is currently professor of environmental sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Small towns do not degrade the rural environment
Auroville, or 'the city of dawn', is a unique township located in a predominantly rural district of Villupuram in Tamil Nadu. At the time of its establishment in 1968, the area was barren and deforested. Three decades later, the Auroville community has transformed a veritable desert into a lush green place. Luigi Zanzi and Guy Ryckaert of the Auroville Project spoke to Ajit Chak and …
Alternative fuels can reduce air and noise pollution levels
Vialle, a company based in the Netherlands, manufactures customised cars using alternative fuels like compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Carmakers like Maruti, Volvo and Fiat are closely associated with the company. Hans Bruinsma, managing director, Vialle, spoke to Ajit Chak during his recent visit to Delhi
Restore ecosystems or suffer a lower standard of living
Andre F Clewell , a US-based botanist and plant taxonomist, has for the past 15 years been working on ecological restoration. This relatively new area of science deals with restoring an ecosystem, that has suffered due to human activity, to its former condition. He spoke to Sopan Joshi during his recent visit to Delhi
The rich are enjoying themselves at the expense of poor people's health
Karen E Smoyer of the University of Alberta, Canada, has been working on the impact of poor environment on the weaker sections of society. During her recent visit to Delhi she spoke to Lian Chawii on the susceptibility of the poor to heat waves in the urban areas of the US
Caught in the net
The recent ban on shark hunting is only a partial victory for the conservationists. To make it a success, better networking between the coastal authorities and fisherfolk is essential. Biswajit Mohanty , president of Wildlife Society Of Orissa (WSO) talks to Ahir Bhairab Borthakur on the complications in saving these marine creatures often described as "tigers of the seas"
"We have to reduce the exposure of people to diesel exhaust"
Daniel Greenbaum , president and the chief executive officer of the US-based Health Effects Institute, has done pioneering work on the health effects of air pollution. During his recent visit to India, he spoke to Chandrachur Ghose on a wide range of issues concerning public health