Shubhangi Singh

When elephants and humans cross paths
A video explains how increasing man-animal conflicts can be resolved in a harmonious way. makarandpurohit posted 3 years 11 months ago

Elephants enjoy a special place in India. They play a significant role not only in the Indian ecological system but also in its cultural and religious landscape. 

The Asiatic Elephant (Source: Yathin S K, Wikimedia Commons)
Western Ghats: The green gold of India
Increase in human activities in the Western Ghats is threatening the biodiversity. A video tells us why investing in nature is the need of the hour. makarandpurohit posted 4 years ago

The Western Ghats is one of the eight hotspots of biological diversity in the world and is spread across six states—Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The forests in the Western Ghats are the water towers of peninsular India.

Western Ghats as seen from Gobichettipalayam. (Source: www.wikipedia.org)
Ousteri lake needs help!
A large part of Ousteri lake has been converted into commercial, non-agricultural purposes. A video tells us why it is important to restore it. makarandpurohit posted 4 years ago

Ousteri lake is the largest water body in the Puducherry region.

Ousteri lake (Source: Screenshot from the film Ousteri Lake)
A fishing holiday for marine health
Can seasonal fishing ban improve fish production and biodiversity? A video has the answers. makarandpurohit posted 4 years 1 month ago

"The world has enough for everyone's needs, but not enough for everyone's greed”--Mahatma Gandhi 

A fisherman shows juvenile fishes. (Source: India water portal)
Let the river flow
A video tells us why it is important to study the Ken river and its flow properly before implementing any project on it so the ecosystem and biodiversity are not harmed. makarandpurohit posted 4 years 1 month ago

One of the tributaries of the Yamuna, the Ken, is a major river of the Bundelkhand region of central India and flows through two states, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. River Ken regulates groundwater recharge and provides vegetation found on its banks.

Ken river gorge (Source: By Syed Zohaibullah, www.commons.wikimedia.org)
Mangroves: The green coast guard
Mangroves in the country are under threat from rapid development. A video tells us how investing in nature can reverse this ecological crisis. makarandpurohit posted 4 years 1 month ago

In our effort to make space for infrastructural developments, India's green cover is declining at an alarming rate. The overall mangrove cover in the country stands at 4,740 sq. km., which is 0.14 sq. km of India’s overall geographical area. 

Mangrove nursery (Source: India Water Portal)
Minimising bycatch
Bycatch during trawling not only harms the environment but causes huge economic loss also. A video tells us why it is important to address this issue. makarandpurohit posted 4 years 2 months ago

Fishing trawlers symbolise industrial-scale fishing which is lucrative in the present day market. These machines that catch fish in huge numbers are said to be a boon to the sector’s economy but a closer look at the figures show that these modes of mass fishing may not be as efficient as they may seem to appear.

Shrimp bycatch (Image source:Wikipedia)
To some, floods can be good news
A large part of the Kanwar Lake has been converted to permanent agriculture compromising its ecological diversity. A video tells us why it is important to restore it. makarandpurohit posted 4 years 2 months ago

Floods are generally considered destructive but in some cases, overflowing rivers have the potential to create wetlands. These wetlands can serve as agreeable landscapes that turn resourceful due to the multiple functions it can host. The Kanwar Lake in Bihar is a striking example of this shared, altering landscapes. 

Red-naped Ibis at the Kanwar Lake (Source: Wikipedia)
The Little Rann of Kutch
The Little Rann of Kutch is under threat. The video tells us how investing in nature can reverse this impending crisis. makarandpurohit posted 4 years 2 months ago

How often does one get to experience a terrain that is as dramatically transformative as The Little Rann of Kutch? With changing seasons, it adorns itself with different landscapes, thus, completely shifting shape, its functions and appeal. 

The Little Rann of Kutch (Image source: India Water Portal)
Floating national park calls for help
Loktak lake is more than just a waterbody and treating it as a reservoir doesn't do justice to this natural wonder. A video tells you why. makarandpurohit posted 4 years 3 months ago

In a country as diverse as India where the mountain meets the ocean and deserts blend into forests, one hallmark of beauty that is often left out of the travel catalogues is the outstanding Loktak lake in Manipur. 

Loktak lake (Source: India Water Portal)
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