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The Hunting of the Snark: Seeking Transcendence in the Indian Conservation Debate

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dc.contributor.author Madhusudan, M. D. en_US
dc.contributor.author Raman, T. R. Shankar en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:02:07Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:02:07Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-01-16 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-01-16 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3521
dc.description.abstract "In our article, 'Conservation as if Biological Diversity Matters', we attempted a brief overview of the Indian context of two globally-influential approaches to conservation: preservationism and sustainable use, which have seemingly attained the status of paradigms, spawning research programmes, policy documents and management action. We point out in our article that, against the backdrop of growing conflicts between people and parks, the Indian conservation scene, across its academic, activist and administrative domains, has witnessed a polarisation between these two approaches. In briefly assessing how the two approaches have fared with on-ground conservation, we observe that a debate on the utility of these approaches is hamstrung by a paucity of field data demonstrating their capacities to conserve fragile elements of biodiversity, or sustain their successes into the future. In the concluding paragraphs, we consider the way forward for conservation in a fraternity that is fractured over the ideology and implementation of conservation even as it stands together to bemoan the loss of biological diversity. Finally, we emphasise that, if we are at all serious about the survival needs of fragile species and ecosystems, it seems futile to embrace a single conservation maxim in a country as bewilderingly diverse as India, and we urge the adoption of situation-specific stances that to build on the respective strengths of the two approaches." en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.subject protected areas en_US
dc.subject parks en_US
dc.subject environmental policy en_US
dc.title The Hunting of the Snark: Seeking Transcendence in the Indian Conservation Debate en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country India en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.subject.sector Wildlife en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Conservation & Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth January en_US

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