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Rich ecological wealth of India is a national pride.

There is a widespread debate on as to what a Forest, Wild Life and Environment Sector in India ought to chip in for the growth and development of infrastructure, welfare of the society and how it should emerge and take up challenges in the wake of evolving globalization and climate change ? ...A K Singh is member of Indian Forest Service and the views expressed here are personal as well as work of compilation from variety of sources.

Better we understand late than never about India Greening) welfare of health of the the importance of Indias rich wealth of people ( bioinformatics sector) implementing ecology and environment. India situated on modernization and innovation ( green subtropical edge on the globe is strategically business), enhancing the research and positioned where people in general could development ( Environmental & Endangered understand the enormous potential of Species Research ), seeking better regulation ecosystem goods and (efficient policy There is need to realize that Indias services and its vast framework )to resolve immense potential of its ecosystem, natural resources which environmental forest wealth, wild life, bio diversity can help boost growth challenges in an and environment may serve as and development like emergent global panacea for multitude of our social never seen before. perspective. This sector problems of illiteracy, poverty, Poverty alleviation is has to show the disease and environmental associated to bio diversity environmental instability. conservation in a vast stewardship, diligent natural resources development setting. Society efforts to protect the endangered species, to working with natural systems needs capacity help expose the society to the dangers of building and skill up gradation which environmental pollution and ecological depend on peoples educational background, imbalance. Good governance depends on general awareness and common sense with counselling by our nation's best scientific optimal understanding of operation of the technocrats. tools and technology in hands. Role of It anchors on environmental innovation governance is to provide information and and biodiversity conservation enterprises, knowledge to the people and engage them in emerging trends of green business by small and medium scale industries which encouraging situations and opportunities support creation of vast array of vocations which if pursued vehemently and persistently and generation of employment on a massive catalyse grass root civic leaders promoting scale. continuing optimism of not only private Indias forest, wild life & environment public partnerships but also to serve the sector needs orientation with emerging trends common good in the long run. The of globalization, evolving styles in IT environment is an issue that transcends revolution, by providing alternative solutions politics. Environment leadership requires the to the budget deficit & debt management. ability to look beyond stereotypes, to be green The sector needs to deliver prudent ideas in conservative which may spur in green the field of production and management of business enterprise which means to give, to energy, conservation of forests, wild life, help and to share among various stakeholders ecology and environment in reducing global the vast expanse of knowledge and warming and in mitigating the adverse information bubbling around us and thinking impact of climate change. It needs to come in long term perspective advancing confidence out of close box mindset which is restricted and optimism among people of natural earth. only to planting, MFP and forest Time is ripe to encourage scientific and conservation. It is just like being a bug in a technical literacy among common masses, bubble or caterpillar in a cocoon situation. invoking the spirit of collaboration and co It is high time we understand central and operation with long term perspective more crucial issues to strengthen sectors of planning, creating a feeling of high regard, education ( joint forest management ) honour and esteem towards nature, natural concentrating on infrastructure development ( resources and environment, strengthening the

bonds between people and living earth, understanding the "tragedy of commons" suggesting ownership and facilitating conservation. Scientific environmental leadership is inevitable in implementing the policy and programs for growth, equity and justice in a gigantic multifarious democratic set up of India. There is need to understand that the widespread scientific knowledge is the key to generating sound solutions to longstanding environmental problems. Rational consensus on the environment, a wise understanding of the deep relationship of forests and wild life with environment, avoidance of excesses of media hyperbole and insisting upon objectivity will build trust among people and civil society. It requires technocratic expertise which can stimulate civil debate on various forestry, wild life and environmental issues to find a common ground. A serious shift from fossil fuels to renewable alternatives deserves the attention of government and energy industry. Service has hardly made any efforts to foster compatible partnership among adversaries, businesses and conservation organizations in order to achieve win win solutions in the real natural world situation. We need to show to the world that in India Green Enterprise or the Green Business may become the norm throughout the world which the scores of new private public environmental partnerships may demonstrate where biodiversity hotspots require swift action and local people need meaningful employment. During Victorian period of imperialism, Dutch, Portuguese, French and English mercenaries invading on Indian subcontinent explored, discovered and documented tremendous literature on Indian flora, fauna and its vast forests, wild life and natural resources. Journals of Bombay Natural History Society since 1880 till date depict the Indias immense potential of its ecosystem, forest wealth, wild life, bio diversity and environment which may serve as panacea for multitude of our social problems of illiteracy, poverty, disease and environmental instability. We couldnt do much in private funding which supports protection efforts through purchase of private land for environmental buffers such as wetland and riverine forests. Environmental philanthropy has reached a historic level the world over. Keystone species, habitats and ecosystems have been

identified for private endowments that dramatically improve the protection and restoration of wild life hotspots and corridors globally. Recent investments in solar energy, wind and bio fuels suggests that corporates are getting sincere about alternate forms of energy. If government can continue to support tax incentives, new technologies may succeed in capturing significant market share and turn the corner toward a cleaner future. We need to realize that executive scientific leadership is a critical variable in the race to renew the earth who can comprehend complexity, prioritize options and persuade the electorate to lead coherently and expeditiously. Success case studies in India of multiplication of lions in Gir Forests, Teak in dry forests, pines in mountains, social forestry afforestation of exotics, recovery of gangetic ghariyals, Whitakers crocodile nursery, species recovery of Indian rhino reminds us of the fact that yes we can do it fruitfully when we abandon adversarial politics and work together for a common cause. Our burgeoning estrangement from nature is a dangerous trend, especially in view of its potential to damage the psyche of our children. As Mahatma Gandhi told that the greatness of nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Tenacious scientific executive leaders will never give up on the possibility that we can repair the ecology and environment through intelligent mitigation and adaptation. We need to consistently advocate inclusive strategic planning among all stakeholders with correct investment approach involving public private funding to renew the earth which will pay rich dividends in India where mother nature is so fertile and luxuriantly productive by dint of which it used to be called golden bird since time immemorial.