Mushroom mantra

A Guwahati based NGO is into conservation of Deepor Beel, a Ramsar site, by training villagers in mushroom cultivation. Villagers are harvesting and selling the mushroom at Rs.100 per kilo

Homes for birds

Will the next generation ever sight a sparrow? To help us say ‘yes, of course’, Mohammed Dilawar has been providing nest boxes to those who would like to invite the birds to their homes before they become extinct. Rama Menon checks out
 

Simple living

The eponymous Himalayan Farm Project has no electricity but is heaven on earth for visitors and volunteers. Some stay for a week but some live there for longer durations, says Shikha Nehra

Turtle fest

It is that time of the year again at the beautiful Velas beach in the Konkan region's Ratnagiri district. Welcome to the annual Turtle Festival, which kicks off Feb 19, says Quaid Najmi

Nature cure

The Kerala government is considering tax concession on ayurveda medicines and other steps to promote the traditional system of medicine, Chief Minister Oomen Chandy has announced.

Wild survivors

With several big-time poachers behind bars, and effective patrolling strategies in place, tiger poaching has dropped in India by nearly 60 percent in 2011, says Sanjeeb Baruah

 
India lauded

United Nations Industrial Development Organisation Director General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, tells Rohit Vaid that India needs to export its green technologies to Africa and Latin America

Seed sharing

Farmers have woken up to the threats from modern agricultural techniques and are developing, preserving and sharing seeds that hold the key to their future. Manu Moudgil checks out the trend

Conservation at home

When nature lover Anand Deval was told he can’t cut the trees he had planted in his backyard, he went to court. Pragya Krishna talks to his daughter, a forest official, about the curious case

Painless pluck

Resettlement was so painless for the people of three villages in Melghat Tiger Reserve, thanks to a good compensation plan, that many others want to move out of the forest, says Ashwin Aghor

Private Forest

If you’re a nature lover you will love The Kikar Lodge, says Nivedita Sharma, who reached the place - which is also India’s first private forest reserve - after a 2 hour drive from Chandigarh

Mission turtle

Nature lovers are meeting for a 3-day turtle festival at Vengurla beach in Maharashtra, where they will camp at villagers’ homes, eat their food and save as many turtle eggs as possible