Ecology and livelihoods closely linked
I represent the Forum for Better Visakha (FBV) based at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. We have been active for quite sometime in highlighting the meaning of "development" as perceived by the local communities. I have tried to document the relevant concerns in my article on Sompeta in Economic and Political Weekly. Those of you interested in reading that article may please go to my personal website http://eassarma.in While the website contains some material that does not necessarily relate to this subject, I request you, in case you are interested, to read the articles on adivasis, farmers' suicides and my appeal for saving the coastal wetlands. I request you to offer your suggestions on the subject.
I have raised some of my concerns about the efficacy of the Indian environmental governance systems in my blog "Is India's Environment Safe?". This is also available at my website http://eassarma.in These concerns are based on my experience with projects in Andhra Pradesh