The Politics of Species Conservation in India

Wednesday Nov 15, 2017

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Learn how wildlife conservancy has been maintained as well as the effectiveness in preserving wildlife in India after the four and a half decades of enactment.

The tiger is still “burning bright” in forests of the Indian subcontinent despite the regions innumerable economic, social, cultural and development challenges. India, which is celebrating its 70th year of Independence this year, embraced wildlife conservation only in the 1970s. The country chose to focus on the tiger as the ‘umbrella’ species to save its depleting wildlife. Four and a half decades later how have the tiger fared? How have other species benefited by protecting the tiger? Has the western concept of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries worked in one of the densely populated countries where people always lived along side wildlife? India is home to more than 400 mammal species with the largest global populations of elephants and tigers.

“Megadiverse” India is unparalleled in species diversity and conservation interest. What does the future hold for all these species in the fastest growing major economy in the world?

Ananda Banerjee is an author (Common Birds of the Indian Subcontinent, Nature Chronicles of India –Essays on Wildlife, Wild Trail in Madhya Pradesh and Amy – The Amur Falcon), environmental journalist, graphic designer and documentary photographer.  Banerjee is recipient of the prestigious Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Earth Heroes Award, Asian Environmental Journalist of the Year (AEJA – Singapore Environment Council) and Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Presented in partnership with the Art & Ecology and the Land Arts of the American West programs in the Department of Art.

Generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Lannan Foundation.