While India and Bhutan embark on a new hydropower venture with the Sankosh dam, many issues remain unaddressed, related to the two countries, tribals, wildlife and monetary risk.
Its not been a great year for wildlife. More tigers and leopards were poached in 2016 than in any year of the previous decade, pangolins were killed in the hundreds while thousands of marine animals perished — this, due to the debilitating effect of climate change. Yet, the good news is that the number of tigers still rose.
Sounding alarm against a plan to start a helicopter service inside the forests of Sundarban islands, eminent wildlife conservationist Belinda Wright has warned that this may force the Royal Bengal Tigers to migrate to the Bangladesh side.