The tragedy of conservationWritten by:
Madhusudan Bandi (faculty member with the Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad.)Topic in syllabus:
Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment. (GS-3)Analysis about:
This editorial emphasises on why Isolating the indigenous people from their natural habitats in the Western Ghats to protect biodiversity is unproductive.Introduction:
- In 2012, 39 areas covering national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and reserved forests in the Western Ghats were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
- Since the time the Ministry of Environment and Forests began identifying the potential heritage sites, there has been unrest among the indigenous people. When the exercise began, they feared for their existence in lands that they had inhabited for decades.
- The restrictions on movement following the declaration of these territories as ecologically sensitive areas aggrieved them further.