Bangladesh, India to work together to prevent wildlife trafficking: Saber | The Business Standard
Bangladesh and India plan to jointly combat wildlife trafficking and strengthen efforts in tiger conservation and Sundarbans preservation. They will also collaborate on climate change initiatives, including the Mujib Climate Prosperity Plan, and work together in marine biodiversity conservation and ecotourism. The Indian envoy highlighted the importance of mutual cooperation in environmental and forest conservation.
First ever survey puts India’s snow leopard count at 718 | The Hindu
India's first-ever survey estimates 718 snow leopards in the wild, with Ladakh having the highest count (477). The four-year study used camera traps and trail surveys, providing a baseline for future assessments. The population represents 10-15% of the global total, and the survey, called the Snow Leopard Population Assessment in India (SPAI), involved collaboration between the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), WWF-India, and Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF).
India’s southernmost vulture population stands at 320 individuals | The Hindu
A recent survey in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve found 320 vultures in southern India, showing an increase from 246 in February 2023, with the highest numbers in Tamil Nadu's Mudumalai and Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserves. The survey identified various vulture species, indicating successful conservation efforts, including a carcass-handling protocol and a ban on harmful veterinary drugs.
Students, Activists Clean Rushikulya Rookery For Olive Ridley Turtle Nesting | Times of India
Students and wildlife activists, led by the zoology department of RN Degree College in Dura, participated in cleaning the Olive Ridley turtle rookery site near Bateshwar ahead of the expected mass nesting in late February or early March. Guided by Usha Rani Brahma, the head of the department, the initiative aimed to prepare for the upcoming nesting season at the mouth of the Rushikulya River.
Ability of forests as carbon sinks in question amid global warming | Mongabay
An IIT Bombay study suggests global warming has potentially reduced forests' carbon uptake by 6%, challenging their role as effective carbon sinks. Despite increased greening in India, carbon uptake by forests has decreased, emphasising the need for enhanced greenhouse gas monitoring and observational data to understand the impact of climate change on forest ecosystems.