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A Landmark Event: UN Declares “Decade of Ecosystem Restoration”

In the first week of March, the United Nations declared 202130 as the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. The resolution promoted by El Salvador has been supported by the international community's call for ecological restoration to be at the forefront of the national agenda.

Mapping the Last Grasslands of the Palani Hills, Tamil Nadu

The Range Survey and Mapping Project formed at the Kodaikanal Plantations Conference in December 2014 produced a report, which was published earlier this year. This is an important task, representing the joint efforts of several different individuals, organizations, and funding agencies.

To Chop, or Not to Chop? The Issue of Exotic Invasive Trees in the Western Ghats

The Forest Department of Tamil Nadu must respond to a petition submitted to the Madurai High Court for the Forest Department to take action to resolve the problem. This problem has been brewing for more than 50 years, and there is no simple solution.

Gaur in Town!

This image of Gaur in the town of Kodaikanal in the Palani Mountains in southern India represents a common sight today. The reasons for their roaming in and around urban areas need to be studied

Lantana in India: A Losing Battle?

Lantana (Lantana camara) has become one of the most invasive weeds in the world. Shonil Bhagwat and others discussed the history of lantana invasion and management in India, Australia, and South Africa.

A Roadmap for Dhole Conservation in India

Country-level species conservation plans serve as a blueprint for identifying important areas, prioritizing management actions and judicious use of conservation funds

An Electrocuted Fishing Cat, Howrah, West Bengal

A Fishing Cat was partially electrocuted at a pond in Baikunthapur village, of Haora (Howrah) district in West Bengal. The pond owner, along with some others, then killed the cat and sold off the meat.

Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins off Mumbai Coast

To be able to observe dolphins from one’s balcony or from shore is a possibility for most of us in Mumbai. There must have been a time when Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins (Sousa plumbea) roamed this coastal stretch in large numbers.

Red Serow, Hmuifang, Mizoram

Serow are medium-sized goat-antelopes of the genus Capricornis. The taxonomy of serows is not completely resolved; descriptions, range maps, and assessments of conservation status in the literature vary because sources differ on nomenclature...