Environment & Forests
Most of the documents on this website which relate to wildlife conservation, to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, to appraisal and evaluation, or to large dams, could be classified under the broad head of “environment and forests”. However, they have been segregated into their own cubby holes, keeping in mind the specialised interests of many of the potential visitors to this site.
The 1990s was a period when the Government of India was engaged, in a big way, at trying to develop new programmes for different aspects of environment and forest conservation, and to raise both domestic and international funds for the purpose. Towards this end, there was much demand for inputs into the national planning process and many of the documents featured here are essentially an effort to provide such an input.
There was also a need to design programmes and projects for international support, especially through the Global Environment Facility and the World bank and its initiatives relating to the development of the NBSAP (National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans, or “Action Programmes” , as they were known in India). Therefore, many of the documents of the 1990s and the early 2000s were designed to inform and influence the thinking of the Indian Government and to assist in the formulation of their policies and plans. Some were also designed to help seek international financial support. These inputs were mostly solicited by the Government of India and the cost of research supported by them directly, or with the help of international agencies like the UNDP.