Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)

This report is based on a survey of the lakes dating back to the 9th century AD in Mahadevpura constituency of Bengaluru.

LakeThe lakes are now faced with the impacts of rapid urbanization and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has been consolidating management of the majority of the city’s lakes under its control in the recent years. The survey dealt with 35 lakes in 10 sub chains in Mahadevpura. The report describes current status, studies changes in extent, and suggests steps for reclamation and conservation.

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Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment details the draft regulation - Wetlands Conservation and Management Rules (2009) and submits several concerns to the Ministry

The Ministry of Environment and Forests released a draft of the regulatory framework for wetland conservation - Wetlands Conservation and Management Rules (2009) for feedback from all stakeholders. The draft framework was prepared by a multi-disciplinary expert group, and final round of comments were invited till June 21st 2010.

The Wetland Conservation Team of Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) did a detailed analysis of the draft regulation and submitted several pertinent concerns to the Ministry. The most significant observation is that the new framework (as do much of India's policies and laws) continues to propose unjustifiable State control and interventions over the country's wetlands and livelihoods of people dependent on them. The regulation does not make any constructive suggestions or recommendations for the conservation that the country's wetlands demand, and instead brings all wetlands into complete official control by installing Central, State and District-level wetland regulatory authorities, wherein the majority of the members will be senior government officials.

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An inventory to be able to do a fish count individually

Do a fish count in your local water body and understand the different rhythms of ecological life in your neighbourhood.

Dr Latha Bhaskar and ATREE attempted to do exactly that in their Vembanad Fish Count Program. Download the report, their methodology and tools here.

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