- Journal Article2010Asian elephant Elephas maximus habitat use and ranging in fragmented rainforest and plantations in the Anamalai hills, IndiaTropical Conservation Science 3: 143–158
- Popular Article2010Coffee, conservation, and Rainforest Alliance certification: opportunities for Indian coffeePlanters' Chronicle 106(12): 15 – 26
- Popular Article2010My burrow the center of my lifeHornbill, January-March, 26-29.
- Popular Article2010The Mukurthy-Mudumalai Large Mammal CorridorSanctuary Asia, Oct 2010 : 72-73
- Popular Article2010Lure of the wildFrontline 27(5): 64-73
- Popular Article2010Cry in the WildernessFrontline 26(26): 64-74
Many conservation issues need to be addressed to ensure the future of the wildlife in the Cauvery forests.
- Popular Article2010Saving SahyadriFrontline 27(24):64-72Download
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Tigers are on the retreat from the Sahyadris and the predator’s preferred prey, the sambar, is on the decline.
- Popular Article2010The diverse economy of natureDeccan Herald, 19 January 2010
- Book2010Rainforest restoration: a guide to principles and practice.Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore.
- Journal Article2010Commercializing bycatch can push a fishery beyond economic extinctionConservation Letters 3: 277-285Download
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Tropical bottom trawling is among the most destructive fishing practices, catch- ing large quantities of bycatch, which are usually discarded. We used question- naire surveys of trawl fishers to look at changes in catches over the last 30 years (1978–2008) along India’s Coromandel Coast. We show that catches and in- come from target species have declined sharply over the last two decades. Meanwhile, costs of fishing have increased substantially and now almost ex- ceed income from target species. Over the same period, bycatch (which was traditionally discarded) has now become increasingly marketable, being sold for local consumption, and as fish meal to supply the region’s rapidly growing poultry industry. Without this income from bycatch, the fishery would scarcely be economically viable. While such a change in the use of bycatch is good news in terms of reducing waste and improving livelihoods, it is also responsible for pushing the Indian bottom trawl fishery beyond the economic extinction of its target species.
- Journal Article2010Trawling the shorelinesSeminar. September 2010. Nature without Borders: A symposium on innovative approaches to conserving nature and wildlife
Fishing in India has grown exponentially. It is an industry adapting to its own economic impulses, keeping itself afloat – quite literally – by responding to changes in supply and demand, seeking new markets, repackaging its products and by-products to woo these new markets, reinventing itself constantly in order to survive. The upshot of this industrial inventiveness is that a system of production that should have been designated unsustainable years ago, continues to persist at an increasing ecological cost. And since all of this happens beneath the waves, it largely escapes the noisy debates over the vanishing wilds.
In this paper we present a potted history of trawl fishing along the Indian coastline, and trace its ecological and economic fallout to coastal communities, both human and marine. We discuss the factors currently driving the economics of trawling within the Indian scenario, and explore potential directions towards a more meaningful management of this harvest. Our discussion focuses on fishery off the Coromandel coast, since that is the area we are most familiar with, but it is indicative of much of the rest of the Indian coastline.
- Popular Article2010Change the hunterTimes of India, 30 April 2010
- Popular Article2010Ecotourist, tread carefully!Deccan Herald, 11 May 2010
- Popular Article2010Saving a culture of coexistenceTimes of India, 28 May 2010
- Popular Article2010Need to preserve natural capitalMint, 5 June 2010
- Popular Article2010The elephant in your coffeeTimes of India, 25 June 2010
- Popular Article2010Wildlife beyond bordersTimes of India, 30 July 2010
- Journal Article2010From Bathymetry to Bioshields: A review of post-tsunami ecological research in India and its implications for policyEnvironmental Management 46:329-338
More than half a decade has passed since the December 26th 2004 tsunami hit the Indian coast leaving a trail of ecological, economic and human destruction in its wake. We reviewed the coastal ecological research carried out in India in the light of the tsunami. In addition, we also briefly reviewed the ecological research in other tsunami affected countries in Asia namely Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and Maldives in order to provide a broader perspective of ecological research after tsunami. A basic search in ISI Web of Knowledge using keywords ‘‘tsunami’’ and ‘‘India’’ resulted in 127 peer reviewed journal articles, of which 39 articles were pertaining to ecological sciences. In comparison, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and Mal- dives had, respectively, eight, four, 21 and two articles pertaining to ecology. In India, bioshields received the major share of scientific interest (14 out of 39) while only one study (each) was dedicated to corals, seagrasses, sea- weeds and meiofauna, pointing to the paucity of research attention dedicated to these critical ecosystems. We noted that very few interdisciplinary studies looked at linkages between pure/applied sciences and the social sciences in India. In addition, there appears to be little correlation between the limited research that was done and its influence on policy in India. This review points to gap areas in eco- logical research in India and highlights the lessons learnt from research in other tsunami-affected countries. It also provides guidance on the links between science and policy that are required for effective coastal zone management.
- Popular Article2010Nature without borders: the problemSeminar 613: 12-13
- Popular Article2010Nobody’s heroesTimes of India, 31 December 2010