Science in the wilderness: the predicament of scientific research in India’s wildlife reserves

Madhusudan, MD and Shanker, Kartik and Kumar, Ajith and Mishra, Charudutt and Sinha, Anindya and Arthur, Rohan and Datta, Aparajita and Rangarajan, Mahesh and Chellam, Ravi and Shahabuddin, Ghazala and Sankaran, Ravi and Singh, Mewa and Ramakrishnan, Uma and Dharma Rajan, Priyadarsanan (2006) Science in the wilderness: the predicament of scientific research in India’s wildlife reserves. Current Science, 91 (8). pp. 1015-1019. ISSN 0011-3891

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Abstract

Ecology and allied scientific disciplines aim to understand patterns and processes pertaining to wild species, their ecosystems and their relationships with humans. India’s wildlife reserves are important ‘living laboratories’ for these disciplines. Today, there is a disturbing trend across India where scientists are increasingly denied access to wildlife reserves for scientific research or are seriously impeded, without scope for redress. Although official wildlife management rhetoric emphasizes the need for scientific research, in reality, it is viewed as undesirable and permitted, if at all, as a concession, subject to the discretion of individual forest officials. With no enabling legislative or policy framework to promote and apply science in our wildlife reserves, we are concerned that the future of many scientific disciplines in India is being jeopardized. Here, we provide an analysis of this issue and outline steps needed to promote scientific research in our natural areas.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article copyright belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environment, role of science, science policy, scientific freedom
Subjects: C Publications by ATREEians > G Journal Papers
Divisions: Publications by ATREEians > Journal Papers
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Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 09:45
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 09:45
URI: http://eprints.atree.org/id/eprint/94

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