User: indiatogether Topic: Environment
Category: Biodiversity :: Protection :: National Parks
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Himalayan Blue Sheep: States responsible for protection of wildlife: MoEF to NGT 18.4.2018 General News
The Ministry of Environment and Forests has told the National Green Tribunal that the Uttarakhand government was responsible for the management and protection of wildlife in the state, where the Himalayan Blue Sheep were suffering from an eye infection. It submitted that the subject of forests and wildlife is included in the Concurrent List of the Constitution and, therefore, the state governments are responsible for implementation of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and preservation of wildlife. The ministry said that the states are responsible for checking and preventing disease in affected species in their national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. "In order to promote effective and scientific management of the national parks, financial and technical assistance is being accorded to the states by the central government (MoEF) under the centrally sponsored scheme of Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats. "Over the past five years, it has released an amount of Rs 19.19 crore to
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On World Heritage Day, A Look At 36 Heritage Sites In India 18.4.2018 NDTV News - Latest
From Kaziranga in Assam, Hampi monuments in Karnataka and Queens step well in Gujarat , India has 36 world heritage sites.
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US hikes entrance fees for National Parks 13.4.2018 All News-IANS Stories
US authorities have unveiled a new plan to hike entrance fees at national parks with more modest increases than the ones proposed last year, the media reported.
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Ground realities take a back seat in H.D. Kote constituency 12.4.2018 Hindu: Fitness
The backward region of H.D. Kote in Mysuru is caught in the vortex of caste and party loyalty, with development issues relegated to the background ahe
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Forest dept, KSPCB want staff exempted from poll duty 10.4.2018 Deccan Herald - News
The forest department and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) have urged the Election Commission to exempt their staff from election duty, citing staff shortage. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Punati Sridhar said that they had already written to the Commission in this regard. "The EC has stated that the practice adopted during previous elections - sparing forest staff - will be followed this time also. We have requested the district election officers to spare forest officials from election duty," he said. KSPCB chairman Lakshman said the EC has drafted eight environmental officers in district centres for election duty. "They are crucial to ensure that environmental rules are not violated," Lakshman added. Praveen Bhargav, former member, National Board for Wildlife, said forest officials and vehicles should not be used for election duty as they were crucial in protecting wildlife. In 1998, the ECI ordered that vehicles and staff of wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and ...
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Ecotourism centres to welcome tourists again 10.4.2018 Hindu: Rx
Summer showers ensure fodder, bring down wildfire risk
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How a doer excels 7.4.2018 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Conservation of wildlife and wilderness areas is possible only when there are political will and strong scientific evidence to back such efforts. While it is relatively easy to generate scientific evidence to back why a patch of land has to be protected, getting the political class to back it is a tough battle. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. This inspiring book, Second Nature: Saving Tiger Landscapes in the Twenty-First Century by well-known conservation scientist Sanjay Gubbi is all about his efforts in negotiating the bureaucracy and convincing the political masters to protect large tracts of forests in the Western Ghats. Through this book, he succinctly brings out all the problems that plague our forests and national parks, and how one can achieve conservation when the odds are against it. Sanjay Gubbi narrates in great detail his journey of winning battles for wildlife in Karnataka, with a focus on tigers, which are a flagship species. It is an uphill task even in states such as Karnataka ...
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Chain-link fencing around forest areas to prevent cross losses 5.4.2018 General News
The Maharashtra government has decided to install iron chain-link fencing along forest borders in the state on an experimental basis, to prevent wild animals from damaging crops or attacking people. The fencing will be erected in the buffer zones of tiger projects, around wild life sanctuaries and national parks. Farmers in areas along forests, who want such a fencing, can come together, form groups and get a grant-in-aid from the government for erecting the fencing. While the government will bear 90 per cent of the expenses, remaining ten percent will have to come from the farmers' group.
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eBird sharing sensitive data: VS 28.3.2018 Hindu: Rx
Says it is a violation of guidelines laid down by the Centre
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Australia to open more marine parks to commercial fishing 21.3.2018 General News
Australia recommended opening more of its marine parks, including near the Great Barrier Reef, to commercial fishing today in a decision slammed as the worst downgrading of a protected area in the world. The government said the move, affecting 44 parks, was made after an independent scientific review and allowed a more balanced approach to ocean protection, maintaining sustainable fishing while promoting eco-tourism. "By being more targeted with restrictions and integrating marine park management with world-class fisheries management, we have not only increased conservation protection, but also ensured regional economies are supported," said Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg. Australia is home to the second largest area (3.3 million square kilometres) of marine parks in the world, with 36 per cent of its waters protected. This compares to the international benchmark "Aichi target" of 10 per cent by 2020. Under the proposals, which must go to parliament, 17 per cent more of the ...
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To Respect Human Rights, the Government Should Strategise to Coexist First, Not to Evict 12.3.2018 The Wire

Helping gram sabhas recognise their rights and discharge their conservation responsibilities will do more to ensure long-term wildlife security than forced relocations ever will.

The post To Respect Human Rights, the Government Should Strategise to Coexist First, Not to Evict appeared first on The Wire.

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Soaring temperature ignites forest fires 11.3.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
While many of them are not severe enough to be considered forest fire, what is of concern is that a majority of them are set by humans — accidentally or otherwise
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Making conservation work 7.3.2018 Hindu: Kids
Sanjay Gubbi, in his book ‘Second Nature – Saving Tiger Landscapes in the Twenty-First Century’ chronicles court battles, Chief Ministerial meetings and other everyday challenges of conservation
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Making conservation work 7.3.2018 Hindu: Nxg
Sanjay Gubbi, in his book ‘Second Nature – Saving Tiger Landscapes in the Twenty-First Century’ chronicles court battles, Chief Ministerial meetings and other everyday challenges of conservation
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Why do we break rules ? 3.3.2018 Hindu: Medicine & Research
We tend to think of breaking rules and laws as applications of creativity, or even necessary for success. But there is never good enough justification to flout them.
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Viral video: Fierce fight between tiger and sloth bear in Maharashtra's Tadoba National Park 3.3.2018 Zee News : States
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of the largest National Parks in Maharashtra.
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Specialist squad sniffs out poachers in the forest 25.2.2018 Hindu: Rx
Four Malinois have been deployed in Bengal sanctuaries
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London film co lauds Govt response on maiden project 25.2.2018 The Assam Tribune
London film co lauds Govt response on maiden project
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Tigers to be relocated to Buxa once prey base, other 25.2.2018 General News
As many as six tigers would be relocated to the Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) in North Bengal after the arrangements, including augmentation of prey base and grassland were complete, a top forest official has said. The relocation of the big cats is part of a plan to augment tiger population in the reserve which has been approved by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). "Six tigers would be brought from the national parks in neighbouring Assam which are genetically similar to Buxa," the state's Chief wildlife warden Rabi Kant Sinha told PTI. He said the NTCA has already given the go ahead for the plan for tiger population augmentation in Buxa and the state government too has approved it. "As part of the prey base augmentation programme in Buxa, initially we have brought spotted deer from other national parks and wildlife sanctuaries and they are put under quarantine. Later, they will be released in the tiger reserve," Sinha, who is also the principal chief ...
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Walk on the wild side 24.2.2018 Deccan Herald - Supplements
As the convoy of elephants trundled their way through the dew-laden grasslands in Kaziranga National Park, I came across a pair of one-horned rhinos gently grazing in the elephant grass. This was my first rendezvous with rhinos, in their natural habitat. Built like a battle tank on stubby legs, the rhino is the star attraction of the park. From my lofty vantage point on elephant back, besides the endangered one-horned rhinos, I spotted wild water buffaloes, hog deer, and also hundreds of swamp deer trot past wild boars before they retreated into the high vegetation. This wildlife Eden also shelters hoolock gibbons, tigers, leopards, capped langurs, sloth bears, jackals, and pythons. It is also the most beautiful national park in the subcontinent, with superb ponds, lakes and rivers where otters frolic and herds of elephants splash around. Lower down, in West Bengal, as the boat cruised through the muddy estuaries and mangrove forests in the Sundarbans National Park, my eyes kept peeled for the tigers ...
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