IR done!


This is a positive of the enforced stay-in. We have the report out finally about 1 month past schedule. COVID did its thing but more than that, I was as sick as a dried out biscuit. Oh well. Loss of productivity is to be expected when people are as old as I am and as debilitated as I feel :(. We still have a few key areas at the grassroots level that have not been covered but we can certainly determine what we want to do, where we want to do it and who we want to do it with. We found that there may not be too much upstrea-downstream movement of toxins and other pollutants because of slow flow rates downstream so pretty much everything thrown on the ground stays in the general vicinity. In many ways a good thing. We identified the misery of the human-wildlife conflict and the madness of the action ecosystem conflict which seems more dangerous than the actual conflict itself. Well, no wonder that most efforts of the do-good-brigade have come to naught. We can always say “we told you so” but what’s the point? Just as much as people don’t listen to sense when it comes to COVID, they don’t listen to sense when it comes to environment either. No! We have to try to get everyone on the same page regardless of how madly they all try to stay on their own pages. How rational they find the crackpot logic of “its my way or the highway”. We also noticed that there was as much land that had gone fallow as there was under cultivation and that this was the end result of protectionism and the disenfranchisement of ICLCs from their own terrains and lands. We have much to do and the IR will definitely help by giving us the evidence we require.

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