'The State of Wildlife in North-East India 1996-2011', published by Foundation of Ecological Security in collaboration with Kalpavriksh, is a compilation carrying a huge body of information of all the news from the Protected Area (PA) Update on the North-Eastern region of the country. Spanning over a time frame of 15 years, the publication is a collection of the historical account of the development in the Protected Area networks in the eight states of the North-East from 1996 to 2011. The primary objective of the publication is to reorganise the information that is already published in the PA Update and to give its readers a compendium of the historical development of the PAs in North-east.
Along with giving a brief overview of the PAs in the region, the compilation offers perspectives and insights that are different, wide ranging and challenging. This publication also includes a series of analysis and perspective by individuals with well established expertise in their fields of work, all related to the wildlife and environmental issues of the region. While Mehak Siddiqui and C Rajesh Reddi present an insightful 'media' analysis of the reporting itself, Sonali Ghosh, a forest officer currently studying for a PhD recounts her experiences of wild animal rescue and rehabilitation in Western Assam. Anwaruddin Choudhury takes us into the little explored region of Karbi Anglong; Yash Veer Bhatnagar explores the remote snow leopard habitats in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan; Nimesh Ved takes us along into the forests of the Garo Hills along the Bangladesh border and Neeraj Vagholikar highlights the diversity and magnitude of threats wildlife and wild habitats in the region face from the large-scale dam construction enterprise. The section concludes with a comprehensive overview account of the need, the potential and the framework for community participation and initiatives in conservation in the north-east by Neema Pathak. The last section of this publication also includes an overview of the protected are network of the country in general and the north-east in particular.
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