Biodiversity governance: A mix of knowledge and forest management for benefit sharing
People’s biodiversity register a roadmap for forest management plans; it documents knowledge of status, history, ongoing changes and …
Biodiversity governance: Access and benefit sharing and its implications on agricultural resources
A special instrument for access to crop genetic resources, access and benefit sharing (ABS) system, is fraught with challenges
Biodiversity governance: The agreements and laws that help enforce it
Major legally binding conventions to protect nature were adopted at the Rio Summit where several countries came together amid rapidly …
Is bamboo a tree or a grass?
Climate-smart agriculture: an answer to climate change
Sustainably increasing agricultural production, adapting to climate change and reducing emissions are the main points of climate-smart …
Forests are critical resources in halting poverty
Forests play a vital role in securing rural livelihoods through generating income in the form of goods and environmental services
Should conservation be privatised?
Since the late 1960s, many African countries, including Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa, have adopted a new approach to conservation.…
Elected democracy: democratic enough?
Global trends reveal that people are no longer finding this popular governance mechanism effective
Future is in our hands
We can make or break it, depending on whether we stand up and are counted or let markets drive democracies
As wetlands in Kenya dry up, locals opt for alternative livelihood options
Under Ramsar Convention, Kenya is obligated to ensure wise use of wetlands by including wetland conservation considerations in national …
Can mining be sustainable?
Two main pre-conditions for achieving sustainability are good governance and self-regulating mining enterprises
Climate change projects aren't working because communities are left out
Unless they trust climate change programmes, communities will continue to plunder forests rendering such interventions redundant
Honey, they shrunk our livelihoods!
Honey collectors gamble with their lives to eke out a livelihood in the Sundarbans, but are forced to sell it to the forest department for a pittance
70% of ministry’s budget released, claims tribal affairs minister
Jual Oram claimed that about 16.78 lakh individual titles have been granted over an area of 55.43 lakh acres of forest land
Reworking informal businesses
In countries like India, informal business is the existing order of the day
How does water dictate India's relations with neighbours?
China’s dam-building and water division plans along the Brahmaputra River are a source of tension with India
When sharing is so hard
Ayush companies claim the laws on biodiversity require only foreign entities to share benefits of commercialisation
Nature is being renamed 'natural capital' – but is it really the planet that will profit?
Nature conservation is becoming another way to make money
Jharkhand’s own Amul model
A model where small producers engage in a large-scale economic activity is important in the development laboratory of India
Indigenous people in India and the web of indifference
On the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, we bring together the stories of exclusion, oppression, and at times, recognition
For villages that survived recurring droughts, the economic-ecological connection makes more sense
Are we ecological serial killers or benevolent conservationists? Muriel Kakani narrates some refreshing perspectives of camel herders in Rajasthan
Lion hunting only makes sense if it's part of a package of interventions
New research from Zambia's Luangwa Valley identifies reforms needed for lion trophy hunting
New Mineral Policy gets Cabinet approval
Citing limited exploration of mineral reserves, Modi government opens up reconnaissance permits to private companies
Here’s a good news conservation story: farmers are helping endangered ecosystems
There’s been a variety of market-based programs for conservation on farmland in Australia, but we don’t know what the total …