Nature website of CEC member in India tops 175,000 hits

Only five months old, the website 'Nature Indian' provides a weekly e-newsletter and database on forests and wildlife. CEC member Samik Gupta is founder and editor.

CEC member and film director Samik Gupta with a wild caught Russell's viper during shooting of "The Sleepless Sentinel". Photo: Malay Ghosh, Species Survival Society

The new website has reached a record hit in viewership. The counter has crossed the 175,000 mark, just within five months of its launching, reports CEC member Samik Gupta ,the website's founder and editor. He says it is India's biggest green website. The website provides a weekly e-newsletter on concurrent biodiversity incidents along with a huge national forests and wildlife database of India.

The website was launched by ‘Nature India Group’ and is powered by ‘Species Survival Society’, a non-profit organisation of Calcutta, West Bengal. As the first of its kind, Samik says it has had a tremendous impact among the general public, especially students. Ms. Nandini Gupta, secretary of the organisation, agrees. “This is the biggest common platform for the Indian conservationists. They can be involved either as correspondents, reporters, sub-editors, researchers and photographers. Mostly we are encouraging applied naturalists,” she says. 

Members can gather information on all of India's forests and plants and the present status of indigenous mammals, birds and reptilian species from the database or through an interactive platform. Viewers can find any of its earlier editions through the search engine as they are maintained as a web archive within.

The ‘Species-Nature India’ group also conducts several welfare activities like wildlife rescue, treatment, translocation, conservation breeding, plantation, new ecological courses, sensitisation camps and research. It is also engaged in livelihood projects for the fringe forest dwellers and helps the SHGs (Self Help Group) by involving the local people. Investigative publication of ‘green corruption’ at government level has brought it into limelight and vigilances [monitoring efforts] have been started on the basis of information published on the website's ‘Nature Indian news'. There are already signs of the positive impact on anti-corruption, Samik says.

“The most interesting thing about our organisation is providing applied research opportunities at field level, which directly helps the general public. The government apart, this is so rare in India,” says Dr. Manisha Halder, a Senior Research fellow of Species-Nature India Group. The group started from a single state of West Bengal and now spreads its network all over the country.

"Ecological conservation through women's empowerment is one of the main objectives of the group," explains Samik. "Economy is important but ecology is indispensable for the holistic development of any country. India is endowed with vast natural resources. The country should go for green education and economy."

For more information, contact Samik Gupta, Editor, Nature Indian,  

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