Winners of the Harper Prize 2020

Congratulations to Atul Joshi and Blanca Arroyo-Correa for the award "Harper Prize 2020". Atul Joshi’s paper shows how alien species can disrupt ecological processes... Find out more about award-winning research articles here:

Spotting the whistling hunter

Perhaps the world's least-studied canid, the dhole faces heavy persecution from farmers and villagers in its range countries, where it is viewed as vermin. Although the dhole is rarely involved in cases of human-wildlife conflict, unlike wolves and big cats, it is immensely disliked and easily dismissed.

Protect biodiversity to prevent the next pandemic

The dwindling proportion of unaltered land for animals and wildlife that remains today, has led to increased interactions between humans and animals thus posing the threat of pathogen transfer.

A colonial mindset fans the flames in our forests

"Forest departments still rigidly stick to the notion that all forest fires are bad, and follow centrally approved working plans, although officials in Delhi simply cannot know the specifics of Chamarajanagar. What is required is both flexible thinking about fire and changing the relationship between the departments and local communities. The Forest Rights Act 2006 offers a way for achieving both: if community forest rights are recognised, communities will have both the incentive to control fires in 'their' forests, and the space to use their traditional knowledge on fire management, to experiment."

Public trained to identify invasive flora

Recently, the Ashoka Trust for Research on Ecology and Environment (ATREE), Bengaluru, along with Keystone Foundation in Kotagiri, organised a training programme for residents from local communities to identify around 27 species of invasive flora in different parts of the Nilgiris.

Rohini Nilekani pledges ₹50 cr. to ATREE

City philanthropist and author Rohini Nilekani pledged ₹50 crore to ATREE (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment), a think tank.

How did a once water-rich village in Goa become entirely dependent on tankers?

The village of Pissurlem in the mining-belt of north-east Goa used to be brimming with water; it is now entirely dependent on government tankers.

What's Setting Ablaze the Forests in Himalayan State of India as Uttarakhand Witnesses 45 Fires

India's Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, which has 71% of its area under forest cover spread over 38,000 square kilometres, lacks effective laws or strategies to deal with yearly forest fires, say experts.

Assam Elections 2021: Are the poll promises made to protect Assam's environment viable?

The BJP’s 2021 manifesto focuses on enhancing Assam’s forest cover by 35 percent over the next five years if re-elected to power."A 35 percent increase in the current forest area of 28,237 sq km would mean adding approximately another 10,000 sq km of forests. With increasing population and mounting pressure on land and resources, where will they go so much land to spare?"

Covid-19 Food Policy in India - The First Four Months

This Covid Food Policy Tracker captured food policy-in-the-making, as the Central Indian government responded to the crisis between 13th March and 9th July 2020. The policies collected have been converted into a visual story using the Flourish data visualisation platform.