July 19, 2007

Making Conservation Work


Last year I wrote about a very interesting organization in India where researchers were working to find ways to help India's exquisite and unique wild areas and animals to survive with India's human populations and economy growing.

On their website, I see that there is a new book, Making Conservation Work, that describes the challenges.

Wildlife today is competing with some of India’s most underprivileged people for survival. This apart, commercial and industrial pressures from far outside park boundaries reverberate within these fragile ecological oases, making them vulnerable in a way they never have been before. Reconciling the question of preserving what little wildlife remains with the needs of humans has never seemed as tangled.

The research scientists at Nature Conservation Foundation contributed some key information to this work:

"Increasingly, specific conservation action and advocacy is being based on rigorous biological and social studies and hands-on experience. In this volume, we bring together several conservationists who are evolving innovative research-based practices. In fact, such a compilation has been possible partly because of a welcome trend in the area of natural resource studies of 'scholars becoming doers'. The institutionalization of science-based interventions in different landscapes in South, North and Northeast India by groups like the Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore, is a significant development in Indian conservation (see Datta and Mudappa & Shankar Raman in this volume and Mishra et al. 2003)."

The Nature Conservation Foundation has a lovely new website where you can find out more about their work. And perhaps you can drop a dime in their donation bucket to help keep up this wonderful work.

Posted by Mary at July 19, 2007 07:56 AM | Environment | Technorati links |