Client: Ashoka Trust for Ecology and Environment Duration: 20 mts.
This film is an exploration of the importance of protected areas in conserving biological diversity. It takes the viewer through some of India’s most spectacular landscapes. Through the use of interviews with some of India’s best known conservationists, the film argues that protected areas are critical for the survival of Indian wilderness. These areas, however, are under constant threat from industry and big development. Equally important, local dependence on forest resources can potentially pose a threat to these areas.
The successful conservation of these areas will depend on our ability to counter vested commercial interests as well as ensure that India’s rural poor derive some of the benefits of conservation, not just the heavy costs of exclusion.