Expanding forest cover: On proposed amendments to Forest Act

Synopsis: Proposed legal amendments to the Indian Forest Act are in the right direction. Introduction The environment ministry recently initiated the process to amend the existing forest legislation. It has been now put up in the public domain recently to invite stakeholders’ and state governments’ response. Why was there a need to amend the Indian… Continue reading Expanding forest cover: On proposed amendments to Forest Act

Protecting India’s natural laboratories

Synopsis: India needs to take measures to protect and conserve Geoheritage sites. Introduction India has a very unique geodiversity. India has tall mountains, deep valleys, sculpted landforms, long-winding coastlines, hot mineral springs, active volcanoes, diverse soil types, mineralised areas, and globally important fossil-bearing sites. It is long known as the world’s ‘natural laboratory’ for geo-scientific… Continue reading Protecting India’s natural laboratories

India Joins High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People

What is the news? At a ceremony held between the French and Indian governments in New Delhi, India officially joined the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People. What is the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People? The High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People was initiated at the “One Planet Summit” in… Continue reading India Joins High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People

India extends support for protecting the Antarctic environment and for designating East Antarctica and the Weddell Sea as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

What is the news? Recently, India has extended its support for protecting the Antarctic environment and for co-sponsoring the proposal of the European Union for designating East Antarctica and the Weddell Sea as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). About the proposal to designate East Antarctica and the Weddell Sea as MPAs The proposal to designate East… Continue reading India extends support for protecting the Antarctic environment and for designating East Antarctica and the Weddell Sea as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

Two more Indian Beaches get coveted International Blue Flag Certification

What is the News? The two more Indian beaches namely Kovalam beach in Chennai and Eden beach in Puducherry have been awarded the Blue Flag certification. What is Blue Flag Certification? ‘Blue Flag’ is a certification that can be obtained by a beach, marina, or sustainable boating tourism operator, and serves as an eco-label.  The… Continue reading Two more Indian Beaches get coveted International Blue Flag Certification