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Maharashtra approves to declare Angria Bank as a protected area

Maharashtra approves to declare Angria Bank as a protected area
(August 08, 2020) Maharashtra State Board for Wildlife (SBWL) approves to declare e 2,011 square kilometre Angria Bank as a protected area. The proposal will now be sent to the Centre for approval and action.The Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr Uddhav Thackeray, on Friday SBWL approved three key projects including the declaration of Angria Bank as a “designated area” under the Maritime Zones Act, 1976. The other two were the appointment of Sonneratia alba as state mangrove tree, and a recovery programme...

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This World Rangers Day, meet Bhaniklal, Range Officer, Kodanad

(July 31, 2020) Every year, July 31 is celebrated as World Ranger Day to honor the guardians of our natural and cultural heritage. Rangers are faced with the challenging task of protecting forests from poaching and habitat destruction on the field, and World Ranger Day seeks to acknowledge and express gratitude to them for their service.In this spirit, we spoke to Bhaniklal, Range Officer, Kodanad, Kerala Forest Department about his support system, and why he enjoys being a forest officer.Bhaniklal, Range Offic...

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Cyclone Amphan Reminds Us Why Mangrove Conservation is Essential to the Sundarbans’ Survival and What it Should Look Like

(June 09, 2020) By Aashika Ravi“Before 2009, we had never planted a mangrove before, we were working on wildlife and tigers. Cyclone Aila was an eye-opener for us ﹘ whatever you do in the Sundarbans, it has to be mangrove conservation in essence. If the mangroves are not there, the wildlife won’t be there, the people won’t be there, the delta won’t be there.” Ajanta Dey, Joint Secretary and Program Director, Nature Environment and Wildlife Society (NEWS), a conservation N...

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Kerala Forest Department leads the way in supporting forest communities during COVID-19 lockdown

Kerala Forest Department leads the way in supporting forest communities during COVID-19 lockdown
(April 07, 2020) In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown of the nation, the safety and livelihood of forest communities has been shrouded in uncertainty.At this juncture, inspiration can be taken from the Kerala Forest Department’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus within forest communities in the state. The Department has proactively put in place a series of measures to support them during the lockdown enforced by the Centre.Kerala forest officials providing rations to fo...

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Wildlife census begins in Amrabad Tiger Reserve

Wildlife census begins in Amrabad Tiger Reserve
(December 12, 2019) WCS-India staff setting up camera-trapTelangana Forest Department has begun its annual wildlife census in Amrabad Tiger Reserve from December 6. An area of 1,100 sq km will be covered under the census over a period of six months.For the statistics, the tiger reserve has been divided into two blocks of 550 sq km each, and the blocks are further subdivided into multiple grids of 2 sq km each. This year too, the survey will focus on both – herbivores and carnivores – populations and wil...

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One in five land species part of wildlife trade

(October 09, 2019) Researchers from the US and the UK have revealed that at least one in five land-based species on the planet is traded on the global wildlife market.In a paper published in this month’s edition of the journal Science, academics from the University of Florida and the University of Sheffield said the scale of the wildlife trade is far larger than had previously been thought, adding that they were “astounded” by what their research revealed.After studying data on more than 30,000 l...

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Undervalued wilderness areas can cut extinction risk in half

(September 18, 2019) Wilderness areas, long known for intrinsic conservation value, are far more valuable for biodiversity than previously believed, and if conserved, will cut the world's extinction risk in half, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.Wilderness areas - where human impact has been absent or minimal - are dwindling. The latest maps show over 3 million square kilometres (1.15 million square miles) of wilderness destroyed since the 1990s (an area the size of India), and that less...

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A CoP18 update for India

(September 03, 2019) Compiled by Aditi RajanNot to be assumed as a win for conservation, but as a ‘nudge’ to bring focus to threatened species, the 18th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) was held in Geneva (Switzerland) between 17th & 28th August 2019. Originally scheduled to take place in Colombo between 23rd May to 3rd June 2019, the convention was rescheduled to Geneva citing security concer...

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Avoid building roads through PAs, government tells NHAI

(June 17, 2019) The government has asked states as well as NHAI to avoid building highways through wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, unless absolutely unavoidable. "To have minimum impact of highways on the protected eco-sensitive area, the implementing agency should consider to spare sanctuaries/national parks at the planning stage and wherever possible take a bypass/detour," Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said.In a circular to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), National Highways and ...

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A million species threatened by human activity

(May 31, 2019) Calls for transformative change across all levels and factors.Paris, May 7, 2019: Around a million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades. Not only is this loss a direct result of human activity but also constitutes a direct threat to human well-being. Among the main drivers of this change are, changes in land and sea use; direct exploitation of organisms; climate change; pollution and invasive species.This is the conclusion of one of the most exhaustive...

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