India needs to make bold commitment to marine conservation

An atlas of biodiversity and environmental parameters

I spent the summer conducting a review of scholarly literature, data, government reports and other information sources for spatially explicit information on the India EEZ. The goal was through a GIS analysis to recommend areas with marine conservation potential where India has jurisdiction. The methodology loosely follows examples of the EBSA designation process.

Greenpeace, my employer, has released my work today and is calling on India to show the international community its commitment to marine conservation by taking a bold statement on protection and management, in advance of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity which will be hosted in Hyderabad in October.

You can read my full report here on Greenpeace’s Web site. Still waiting to see if we get any press out of the report launch event held in Delhi today.

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Teen budhdiman bandar

Gandhi's totem

Apologies. I don’t have time these days to blog. Research is good, but vork, vork, vork.

But every now and then I think back to my folders of unpublished photos. Here’s one to dwell on, whatever your interpretation. A favorite aphorism-turned-statuette for Gandhiji.

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Qutub’s towering past and my Dilli pigeons

Kabutar!

The blog has been on a month-long hiatus, the result of my end-of-semester workload and then a rapid departure from D.C. We’re back in action, though probably less frequently, as I’m on the move for the summer, working and researching overseas.

The above picture dates to my trip to India in December-January. My favorite Delhi flocks over my favorite Delhi landmark.

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Jadoo tree

My favorite tree in the world

Neem, the magical, medicinal tree of India. This one towers over a courtyard in the Qutub Minar complex and carries with it so many fond memories.

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And we’re back…

I’ve only been back stateside less than a week. I spent my winter break in India and specifically Delhi, visiting friends (and one incredibly important person), laying the ground work for research, meeting scholars and activists, reading development material — Seeing Like a State, The Bottom Billion and Development Redefined — and eating.

This included visits to the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, the Energy and Resources Institute, Greenpeace India, JNU, WWF India, an organic farm and the Centre for Science and Environment.

It also meant many meals of gunpowder and paratha and curry and thugpa and paranthe and chana and bhel puri and, well, everything. I had the best Indian meals of my life in an out of the way faux village and probably consumed more Tibetan momos in the three weeks there than in my entire life previously. Sadly, almost none of this food was properly photographed. This seems like an incredible oversight now.

Unfortunately, the trip was too short. It always is. But I’ll be back in May.

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Voices of Green India: Jayashree Joshi Eashwar

During May, I spent a couple weeks conducting interviews and producing short video testimonials for Greenpeace India. Hear now the stories of activism from a country struggling to protect its natural environment.

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Voices of Green India: Jasbir Singh Chadda

During May, I spent a couple weeks conducting interviews and producing short video testimonials for Greenpeace India. Hear now the stories of activism from a country struggling to protect its natural environment.

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Voices of Green India: Anurag Kumar

During May, I spent a couple weeks conducting interviews and producing short video testimonials for Greenpeace India. Hear now the stories of activism from a country struggling to protect its natural environment.

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Voices of Green India: Abhishek Surana

During May, I spent a couple weeks conducting interviews and producing short video testimonials for Greenpeace India. Hear now the stories of activism from a country struggling to protect its natural environment.

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My favorite tree

In the entire world

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