Periyar Tiger Reserve.
A Trendsetter in Converting Poachers to Protectors
Then a range forest officer with Periyar Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Kerala, Raju K. Francis still remembers that distant afternoon in 1994, when he arrested elusive forest brigand Aruvi from a hideout near an ancient cave in Theni district of Tamil Nadu, where local gangs used to hide smuggled sandalwood. Aruvi was the leader of a 23-member team of wildlife poachers and sandalwood smugglers operating from K.G. Patti, Varusanadu and Lower Gudalur regions of Theni, which were around 20 kilometres from PTR.
Mar 10, 2020
Thailand's disappeared Karen activist.
Billy and the burned village.
An oil barrel discovered at the bottom of a reservoir in a nature reserve in Thailand in April 2019 has cast a light on a story some would rather stayed hidden. It is a tale of powerful men and the lengths they will allegedly go to keep their crimes covered up. But it is also the story of one woman's determination to get justice for the man she loved and the community he was fighting for.
Jan 04, 2020
Forest Rights Lost.
Evictions Loom Over a Million Adivasis.
How can the competing issues of conservation and indigenous rights work in harmony to ensure both forests and the livelihoods of their inhabitants are protected?
Mar 09, 2019
How the FRA Is Being Cut Down to Size, and Tribals With It.
It is scandalous that the fate of a million people can rest on the abdication of responsibility and a deliberate act of omission by the government.
Feb 24, 2019
Nearly 20 Lakh Tribals Vulnerable to Eviction Thanks to Supreme Court Order
A lawyer said that the Supreme Court may have "overstepped".
Feb 23, 2019
Seeking More Compensation, Tribal People Attack Forest Department Personnel
"We feel as though it is only our duty to conserve and preserve forests and wildlife – and not the duty of everyone.”
Feb 23, 2019
Millions of forest-dwelling indigenous people in India to be evicted
Critics say supreme court ruling constitutes ‘mass eviction in name of conservation’
Millions of Indians face eviction after the country’s supreme court ruled that indigenous people illegally living on forest land should move.
Campaigners for the rights of tribal and forest-dwelling people have called the court’s decision on Wednesday “an unprecedented disaster” and “the biggest mass eviction in the name of conservation, ever”.
Feb 22, 2019
Taking Some of the Pain out of Human–Wildlife Conflict
Tigers, leopards, elephants and more wreak havoc on farms and villages in India, but a compensation program can ease the sting—and conserve the animals
Feb 07, 2019