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November 25, 2009

RELEASE: Key Indian Elephant Corridor and Habitat Successfully Protected

Ecological Internet's Earth Action Network again demonstrates its ability to successfully internationalize strong, local environmental sustainability protest -- please support EI's continued success now during crucial fund-raiser

Asian Elephant

After prolonged protest by Ecological Internet, Rainforest Rescue and other partners, the Indian government has decided against locating a Neutrino Observatory (INO), an underground experimental physics project, in prime Indian elephant and other endangered animal and plant habitat. Indian officials in a new report have decided the Neutrino Observatory would gravely impact the Mudumulai Tiger Reserve, an important corridor for Indian elephants and other wildlife, and will be moved to a more suitable site. Priya Davidar of Pondicherry University in Pondicherry, India, noted "This is a rare victory for conservation (in India)."

Ecological Internet spearheaded and provided the Internet protest platform for a loose coalition of environmentalists and conservation biologists working to block the project. Some 9,000 global Ecological Internet action network participants from 96 countries sent nearly 100,000 protest emails over the past 9 months [1]. This international action supported on-the-ground organizing by others including the Rainforest Information Centre and noted environmentalists including John Seed, Priya Davida and Ingmar Lee of Canada (who initially proposed the campaign).

The area contains one of the largest contiguous forests in Asia and sustains India's largest wild populations of Asian Elephants and Bengal Tigers. The government's report confirmed our allegations that the site "is in close proximity to the core/critical tiger habitats of Bandipur and Mudumalai Tiger reserves. It is also an elephant corridor, facilitating elephant movement from the Western Ghats to the Eastern Ghats and vice-versa." Nilgiri contains over a fifth of the India's vertebrates and flowering plants, 15% of its butterflies, and numerous endangered species.

"Ecological Internet has again demonstrated the importance of ecologically aware global citizens joining together to protest on the Internet in support of local conservation protests. We are very pleased to have been filling this role in the global movement for ecological sustainability for ten years, and hope to continue doing so should our current end-of-year fund-raiser be successful", notes Dr. Glen Barry, Ecological Internet's President. "With continued support through alert participation at http://www.climateark.org/shared/alerts/ -- and tax-deductible donations at http://www.climateark.org/shared/donate/ -- we envision even more ecologically sufficient policy success in the future."

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[1] The long-running successful alert entitled "Critical Elephant Corridor in India to be Severed" can be found at:
http://forests.org/shared/alerts/send.aspx?id=india_elephant


Ecological Internet provides the world's largest and most used forest, climate and environment portals at http://forests.org , http://www.climateark.org/ and http://www.ecoearth.info/ . Dr. Glen Barry is a leading global spokesperson on behalf of environmental sustainability policy. He frequently conducts interviews on the latest climate, forest and water policy developments and can be reached at: glenbarry@ecologicalinternet.org


Comments

Fantastic news. Corridors are important for many species. The elephants and tigers mentioned here are just two of the better known "umbrella" species.
Protecting this corridor will also help leopards, snakes, many species of birds and other animals.
A great example are forest dwelling raptors. Some of those species in India depend largely on natural forests and won't be able to sustain healthy populations in fragmented forests. This is why corridors are so important.

It's good to see that conservation does work. Thanks for reporting this.

we want to protction elephant

The decision to move out the neutrino observatory out of critical wildlife habitat by the government is welcomed by OSAI Environmental Organisation. Thanks for the joint effort of many individuals and organizations who worked selflessly in support of environment and forests.