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Indian ecologists decry decision on biodiversity hot spot

Sep 02, 2014

Biodiversity in the Western Ghats has been under siege for decades, writes Priyanka Pulla.

A long-running battle over conservation and development in India has taken a new turn. India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests disclosed on 27 August that it had shelved a report calling for aggressive measures to preserve the ecology of the Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing a large swath of southwestern India that’s home to at least 500 endemic species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Instead, the government has adopted another set of recommendations that some ecologists say will do too little to safeguard the region’s biodiversity.

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SOURCE: ScienceMag

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