Environment, Sanjay Gubbi
Environment, Sanjay Gubbi

This book is a step towards building a voter who is aware of ecological issues.

The Western Ghats span the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala and are home to the wildlife corridors of Nagarhole, Bandipur, Mudumalai and Wayanad. It has the largest single tiger population in the world. This is an area that Sanjay Gubbi is very familiar with. Gubbi recorded his work in the area, edited in January 2018, a new book entitled “Second Nature: The 21st Century Save the Tiger Landscape.”

This book describes the details of wildlife landscape conservation, usually away from the beauty of the hillsides and forestry, the authority of pure ecologists, and the application of protection as “a beast that is too big to be solved”.

India’s huge population and its goal of becoming a “developed economy” have strained forest resources. Policies that promote large-scale industrialization have also led to the intrusion of linear infrastructure, such as roads, railway tracks, and power lines, which have entered natural ecosystems without regard to ecological balance.

To make matters worse, policymakers tend to focus on protecting natural resources and wildlife, as policymakers believe that Indian voters like to “develop” in lush green forests. “The political will and commitment play a vital role in policy development, including in wildlife conservation,” Guby wrote. However, politicians know that protection is not a priority for ordinary Indian voters. Of course, the elected representatives look at the world of wildlife conservation through these lenses. “Then he continues to explain how he resolves these inherent biases in the minds of elected representatives.

In November 2016, the “protected area” of the Kappatagudda Reserve in the Kadag region of Karnataka was cancelled for gold mining. The decision was made in February 2017 before the National Wildlife Commission (SBW). For the environmentalists of the SBW board, including Sanjay Gubbi, then Chief Minister Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, in favor of the interests of the mining industry. When Gubbi presented his argument, he chose not to consider the protection perspective, but instead talked about mercury poisoning caused by gold mining. He said the pollution would affect lakes and tanks in the area, and these areas have already been under severe pressure.

Protection is a social issue at the end of the day because it is a theme that is deeply rooted in the landscape of the area. Gubbi pointed out in his book that talking to politicians about how ecosystem services can make great strides in promoting wildlife health. He quoted biologist Eric Dinerstein as saying: “Protection is 10% of science and negotiation is 90%.”

Other important factors in this review are patience and time – only the skills that realists can hone. Gubbi’s work in the field of conservation biology spans more than two decades. The principle is that every victory, no matter how “what should be”, is a step toward the ultimate goal. As can be seen from the results, this pragmatism helps to continuously increase small gains. However, is it possible to achieve greater success on the path of idealism? However, perhaps this subject cannot be driven by ideologies that rely on gambling.

Therefore, in many ways, this book is like a guide for future protectionists by peeping through the world behind the screens of protection work, traversing corridor governance, bureaucracies and courts. The chapter entitled “Green Hydropower: When” Power “Defiance of the Law” illustrates the ironic significance of supporting the “green” initiative, such as the SHP project, without noticing its impact on wildlife in the area – it’s about Functional lessons. Private interests in government-approved projects.

A common feature of several conservation stories that are detailed throughout the book is the purpose of linking the relatively close wildlife landscapes, effectively splicing the corridors together and allowing the animals to move freely. To illustrate this point, the exercises performed by Gubbi and his team connected the protected area of the Malai Mahadeshwara hills to the forests of the Biligiri Rangaswamy temple. This is a noteworthy attempt to showcase the movement of the tiger landscape.

The theory is called the “source-sink” dynamics and discusses how areas with higher tiger numbers can cause some tigers to enter new areas to build their own territory. In the absence of a “sinking zone”, younger or weaker tigers may be killed by geographical men occupying the area or placed on the edge of the forest, and the likelihood of human interaction with wildlife increases.

Once these areas become contiguous species, both in terms of increasing numbers and never-before recorded, the species is booming – Guby writes, “This shows that protected areas are used as landscape All in all, the book acknowledges that protection is confusing. However, because India’s democratic governance system allows public participation, the responsibility for health policy for development policies depends in part on those who engage in environmental and wildlife conservation. Citizens also need to understand ecological issues so that their lessons become common sense and lead to the formation of informed voters. Guby’s “Second Nature” is a big step in this direction management rather than delineation and division. How important is the administrative unit.


Jaya Kashyap
Jaya is the prime pillar behind the Indian edition of The News Recorder. Jaya is an environment-loving person who always tends to protect and nurture her surroundings. She is handling the major desk behind this website for Environment section. Jaya is also the main Editor-in-chief on The News Recorder.


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