Image: Reba Kr. Borah // Messages Etched in Wood are ignored by human policies, writes journalist-conservationist Neha Sinha (@nehaa_sinha ), citing wrenching examples of the fall-out of poor policy as she picks at the seams of India’s new #environmental ‘reforms’. From a flimsy Draft #wetlands Bill to a National Waterways Act that is blind to basic #hydrology, she wonders if intelligent interventions are no longer acceptable to #india’s policymakers. “The new Waterways Act will basically be making roads out of our #rivers. The rivers will be straightened to create smooth passageways; which means natural meanders of the river will be reduced artificially. There will be dredging of rivers, and deepening and digging of river beds. The Act envisages creating two or three barrages on the #ganga river. How do we expect #aquatic#fauna like #dolphins to thrive with these disturbances?” asks Qamar Qureshi, Professor, Wildlife Institute of India. Read the full @sanctuaryasia story by Neha Sinha. Link in bio.