Flaws in Haryana Government’s order demanding demolition of Khori Gaon Jhuggis

Synopsis: The Haryana government’s order demanding the demolition of Khori Gaon Jhuggis is surrounded by multiple flaws. It would result in brutal violations of human rights. Therefore, the government should provide alternative land and reasonable facilities to those facing eviction. Background: The Haryana government has ordered to break 10,000 jhuggis in Khori Gaon without providing… Continue reading Flaws in Haryana Government’s order demanding demolition of Khori Gaon Jhuggis

SC refuses to stay demolition of settlements in “Aravalli range” in Haryana

What is the News? The Supreme Court of India has refused to stop the demolition of over 10,000 settlements encroaching on forests in the Aravalli range in Haryana’s Faridabad district. What was the case about? Public interest litigation was filed in the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the demolition of the settlements. The petitioners… Continue reading SC refuses to stay demolition of settlements in “Aravalli range” in Haryana

Maharashtra’s “Chandrapur” district is a hotbed for human-animal conflict

What is the News? Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district has seen 22 deaths from tiger attacks in 2021. However, the Central Chanda divisional forest area has kept the numbers down to two only. Tigers in Chandrapur District of Maharashtra: Chandrapur accounts for as many as 200 of Maharashtra’s 311 tigers. Under this, the Central Chanda area is… Continue reading Maharashtra’s “Chandrapur” district is a hotbed for human-animal conflict

Issues with NTCA Circular on Shutting Down Tourism in Tiger Reserves

Synopsis: The recent NTCA Circular on tiger reserves shut down the tourism activities in tiger reserves. But the circular needs course correction. Introduction: India’s Project Tiger program is a globally successful initiative to conserve tigers. At present, India has 51 tiger reserves now boasts of at least 3,000 tigers. The entire country is gearing up… Continue reading Issues with NTCA Circular on Shutting Down Tourism in Tiger Reserves

“Srivilliputhur-Mudumalai Tiger Reserve” and “Vaigai River”

What is the news? The declaration of the Srivilliputhur-Megamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu can rejuvenate Vaigai, India’s heritage river. Tiger Reserves in Tamil Nadu Srivilliputhur-Megamalai Tiger Reserve will be the 5th tiger reserve of Tamil Nadu. The other four are: Mudumalai (MTR) Anamalai (ATR) Sathyamangalam (STR) Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR) About Vaigai River:… Continue reading “Srivilliputhur-Mudumalai Tiger Reserve” and “Vaigai River”

Declining “forest bird species” in Western Himalayan region

What is the News? According to research published in Global Ecology and Conservation, there has been a decline in forest bird species in the Western Himalayas Region. Note: The State of Uttarakhand has extremely cold winters and pleasant summers. It is home to the Western Himalayan temperate forests. These forests harbour a large number of… Continue reading Declining “forest bird species” in Western Himalayan region

“Banni Grasslands” -NGT Upholds Rights of Maldharis

What is the News? The National Green Tribunal(NGT) has ordered all encroachments to be removed from Gujarat’s Banni grasslands within six months. Further, NGT directed a joint committee to prepare an action plan in a month. The court also said the Maldharis will continue to hold the right to conserve the community forests in the… Continue reading “Banni Grasslands” -NGT Upholds Rights of Maldharis

Odisha Government Proposes “Mahendragiri Biosphere Reserve”

What is the news The Odisha government submits a proposal to establish the Mahendragiri biosphere reserve. It is the 2nd biosphere reserve in the state and situated in the southern part of the state at Mahendragiri hill ecosystem. Note: Similipal Biosphere Reserve was Odisha’s first such reserve and was notified in 1996. About Mahendragiri Biosphere… Continue reading Odisha Government Proposes “Mahendragiri Biosphere Reserve”

“Pong Dam wildlife sanctuary” – 27 Migratory Birds Found Dead

What is the news? As many as 27 migratory birds died on account of avian influenza in Himachal Pradesh’s Pong Dam Wildlife Sanctuary. Click Here to Read about Avian Influenza About Pong Dam Wildlife Sanctuary Pong Dam Wildlife Sanctuary or Pong Dam Reservoir or Pong Dam Lake is in Himachal Pradesh. Created in: The dam… Continue reading “Pong Dam wildlife sanctuary” – 27 Migratory Birds Found Dead

“Tiger Reserves” in India

What is the News? Six tigers are unaccounted for in the Ranthambore tiger reserves in Rajasthan, since March 2020. But State officials are not willing to label them as missing. NTCA has constituted a committee in this regard. About Tiger Reserves: Tiger Reserves are areas of protection for tigers. They aim to conserve the habitat… Continue reading “Tiger Reserves” in India

“Simlipal Biosphere reserve” Catches Forest Fire

What is the News? A massive forest fire broke out in the Simlipal Biosphere Reserve in Odisha. The core area of the biosphere was untouched by the fire. However, the fire is threatening to damage its rich biodiversity. About Similipal Biosphere Reserve: Location: Simlipal is a national park and a tiger reserve located in the… Continue reading “Simlipal Biosphere reserve” Catches Forest Fire

“Himalayan serow” spotted in the Manas Tiger Reserve, Assam

What is the News? Himalayan Serow has been spotted in the Manas Tiger Reserve in Assam.  About Himalayan Serow: Himalayan serow is a subspecies of the mainland serow. It resembles a cross between a goat, a donkey, a cow, and a pig. Species: There are several species of serows in the world. All of them… Continue reading “Himalayan serow” spotted in the Manas Tiger Reserve, Assam

Elephants died of Haemorrhagic Septicaemia(HS) in Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary

What is the News? 6 elephants died of Haemorrhagic Septicaemia(HS) in Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary is located in Odisha’s Kalahandi district. Haemorrhagic septicaemia(HS) It is a contagious bacterial disease caused by the bacteria Pasteurella multocida. In this disease, the respiratory tract and lungs of the animals are affected, leading to severe pneumonia. Vulnerable Group:… Continue reading Elephants died of Haemorrhagic Septicaemia(HS) in Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary

“Mandarin Duck” spotted in Assam’s Maguri Beel after 118 years

What is the News? Mandarin ducks appeared after 118 years in the Maguri-Motapung beel in Assam’s Tinsukia district. Mandarin Duck: It is provided with a tag of the most beautiful duck in the world. Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist Carl Linnaeus first spotted and identified this bird in 1758. Key Characteristics of Mandarin Duck: Features:… Continue reading “Mandarin Duck” spotted in Assam’s Maguri Beel after 118 years

175% rise in waterfowls in “Kaziranga National Park”

What is the News? The third annual census of birds in the Kaziranga National Park has been released. The main objective of the census was to record and estimate waterfowls and winter migratory birds. It also monitors and assesses the health of wetlands in the Park. Water fowls and Winter Migratory Birds: The Park has… Continue reading 175% rise in waterfowls in “Kaziranga National Park”

“Pong Dam Lake Wildlife Sanctuary”- Migratory water birds arrived

What is the News? Over a lakh migratory water birds arrived at the Pong Dam Lake Wildlife Sanctuary in Himachal Pradesh in Winter 2020-21. Pong Dam Wildlife Sanctuary: Pong Dam Sanctuary is also known as Pong Dam Reservoir or Pong Dam Lake. It is located in Himachal Pradesh. The dam was created in 1975 and… Continue reading “Pong Dam Lake Wildlife Sanctuary”- Migratory water birds arrived

Prime Minister lauds efforts of Kerala man for “Vembanad lake” clean-up

What is the News? During Mann ki Baat address, Prime Minister has praised the efforts of a Kerala man. He engages in cleaning the Vembanad Lake despite his physical challenges. Facts: Vembanad Lake: It is the longest lake in India and the largest lake in the state of Kerala. The lake is situated at sea… Continue reading Prime Minister lauds efforts of Kerala man for “Vembanad lake” clean-up

India gets its first “Centre for Wetland Conservation and Management (CWCM)”

What is the news? The Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has announced the establishment of a Centre for Wetland Conservation and Management(CWCM) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. This announcement came on the occasion of World Wetland Day. About Centre for Wetland Conservation and Management(CWCM): The Centre has been established as a part of the… Continue reading India gets its first “Centre for Wetland Conservation and Management (CWCM)”

Nilgiri Elephant Corridor and Biosphere Reserve

What is the News? The Supreme Court has appointed a new member to the Technical Committee on Nilgiri Elephant Corridor. The Supreme court last year constituted a committee to hear complaints by landowners against the action taken by the Nilgris Collector. The Nilgiris collector’s action includes the sealing of landowners’ buildings in the Nilgiris Elephant… Continue reading Nilgiri Elephant Corridor and Biosphere Reserve

Kalrav festival at Nagi- Nakti bird sanctuaries in Bihar 

Why in News?   ‘Kalrav’, Bihar’s 1st state–level festival started at the Nagi-Nakti bird sanctuaries in the Jamui district, Bihar.  About the festival:  About the Festival: The festival is hosted by the department of forest, environment and climate change.  Aim: The event is intended to create awareness about the conservation of birds and their habitat, the wetlands.  Importance of Birds:   Those who can understand a bird’s behavior can understand that… Continue reading Kalrav festival at Nagi- Nakti bird sanctuaries in Bihar 

Winter migratory water birds make a beeline to Punjab’s Harike wetland

News: Winter migratory waterbirds using the central Asian flyway have started making a beeline to Punjab’s Harike wetland. Facts: Harike Wetland: It is one of the largest man-made wetlands of northern India which shares its area with the Tarntaran, Ferozpur and Kapurthala districts of Punjab. It came into existence in 1952 after the construction of… Continue reading Winter migratory water birds make a beeline to Punjab’s Harike wetland

More wildlife in Aravallis at Faridabad, Gurgaon than at Asola, need better protection: Study

News: According to a Study, the wildlife corridor of the Aravallis in Gurgaon and Faridabad harbours a richer variety of mammals than the Asola Wildlife Sanctuary despite not having as much protection. Facts: About the Study: The study was conducted under the Worldwide Fund for Nature’s small grants programme and was supported by the non-profit Centre… Continue reading More wildlife in Aravallis at Faridabad, Gurgaon than at Asola, need better protection: Study

Government released Management Effectiveness Evaluation Report for protected areas

News: Union Environment Minister has released Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. Facts: What is Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE)? Management Effectiveness Evaluation(MEE) tool is increasingly being used by governments and international bodies to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the protected area management systems. It is defined as the assessment of… Continue reading Government released Management Effectiveness Evaluation Report for protected areas

Equip forest officers adequately to fight poachers – SC

News: The Supreme Court has expressed serious concern about the absence of security for forest officials in the country against poachers. Facts: Background: A petition was filed in the apex court challenging the prosecution launched against few forest officers in Rajasthan. The petitioner submitted that the FIRs against the forest officials were a ‘counter-action’ for… Continue reading Equip forest officers adequately to fight poachers – SC

Community fishing banned at Deepor Beel

News: Kamrup (Metropolitan) district administration has prohibited community fishing at Deepor Beel, a wetland on the south-western edge of Guwahati and Assam’s only Ramsar site. Facts: Read  more:-Daily current affairs Deepor Beel: It is located to the south-west of Guwahati city, in Kamrup district of Assam.It is a permanent freshwater lake and drains into the Brahmaputra… Continue reading Community fishing banned at Deepor Beel

International Blue Flag hoisted at 8 beaches across the Country

Source: PIB News: Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change has virtually hoisted the international blue flags in 8 beaches across the country. Facts: During October 2020; Eight beaches of India spread across five states and two union territories have been awarded the Blue Flag Certification. These eight beaches are: Shivrajpur (Dwarka-Gujarat) Ghoghla (Diu) Kasarkod and… Continue reading International Blue Flag hoisted at 8 beaches across the Country

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Ladakh’s Tso Kar Wetland Complex now a Wetland of International Importance

Source: PIB News: India has added Tso Kar Wetland Complex in Ladakh as its 42nd Ramsar site which is a second one in the Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh.  Facts:  Tso Kar Basin: It is a high-altitude wetland complex consisting of two principal waterbodies Startsapuk Tso( a freshwater lake of about 438 hectares to the south and… Continue reading Ladakh’s Tso Kar Wetland Complex now a Wetland of International Importance

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What are Eco-ducts or Eco-bridges?

Eco-ducts or Eco-bridges? Source: Click Here News: Ramnagar Forest Division in Nainital district,Uttarakhand has recently built its first eco-bridge for reptiles and smaller mammals. Facts: Eco-ducts or Eco-bridges: These are areas of wildlife habitat that aim to enhance wildlife connectivity that can be disrupted because of highways or logging.Usually these bridges are overlaid with planting from the… Continue reading What are Eco-ducts or Eco-bridges?

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Atlantic Ocean’s largest protected marine reserve?

News: Tristan da Cunha has been declared as the largest Marine Protection Zone of the Atlantic Ocean. Facts: Tristan da Cunha: It is an isolated UK Overseas Territory located 6,000 miles from London in the South Atlantic Ocean. The island is inhabited by less than 300 humans and the water around the islands is considered to be… Continue reading Atlantic Ocean’s largest protected marine reserve?

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What are deemed forests?

News: Karnataka Forest Minister has announced that the state government would soon declassify 6.64 lakh hectares of the 9.94 lakh hectares of deemed forests in the state (nearly 67%) and hand it over to Revenue authorities. Facts: Deemed Forest: The concept of deemed forests has not been clearly defined in any law including the Forest Conservation Act… Continue reading What are deemed forests?

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Lonar lake, Sur Sarovar declared as Ramsar sites

News: : India has named Lonar lake and Sur Sarovar lake as wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. Facts: Lonar Lake: It is a notified National Geo Heritage Monument located at Lonar, Maharashtra. Formation: The lake is believed to have been formed when a meteorite crashed into Earth around 50,000 years ago.The lake… Continue reading Lonar lake, Sur Sarovar declared as Ramsar sites

Global Initiative to reduce Land Degradation and Coral Reef program

Land Degradation and Coral Reef program News: Global Initiative to reduce Land Degradation and Coral Reef program has been launched at G20 Environment Ministers Meet. Facts: Global Initiative to reduce Land Degradation: It aims to strengthen the implementation of existing frameworks to prevent, halt and reverse land degradation within G20 member states and globally taking… Continue reading Global Initiative to reduce Land Degradation and Coral Reef program

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Plan to build temporary bird shelters near Sambhar Lake

News: Rajasthan government has decided to build temporary shelters for migratory birds near the Sambhar Lake (near Jaipur) before 2020’s winter season. Facts: Sambhar Lake: It is India’s largest inland saline water body located near Jaipur in Rajasthan. Geography:  The lake is surrounded on all sides by the Aravali hills and is spread across Jaipur… Continue reading Plan to build temporary bird shelters near Sambhar Lake

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Asan Conservation Reserve gets Ramsar site tag

News: The Asan Conservation Reserve (ACR) was declared as a site of international importance under the Ramsar Convention becoming Uttarakhand state’s first entry into the coveted list and 38th Ramsar Wetland Site of India. Facts: Asan Conservation Reserve: It is located on the banks of Yamuna river near Dehradun district in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.… Continue reading Asan Conservation Reserve gets Ramsar site tag

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Kabartal Wetland designated as Ramsar Site

Kabartal Wetland:- News: Kabartal Wetland has been designated as Ramsar sites.With this, the total number of Ramsar sites in India is 39, the highest in South Asia. Facts: Kabartal Wetland: It is also known as Kanwar Jheel.It covers 2,620 hectares of the Indo-Gangetic plains in the Begusarai district of Bihar. Significance: It acts as a… Continue reading Kabartal Wetland designated as Ramsar Site

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 UNESCO includes Panna in the “World Network of Biosphere Reserves”

News: UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere(MAB) program has included the Panna Biosphere Reserve to UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Facts: Panna Biosphere Reserve: It is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Vegetation: Panna is characterized by forests and marshy vegetation, with an abundance of rare medicinal plants as well as other non-timber forestry… Continue reading  UNESCO includes Panna in the “World Network of Biosphere Reserves”

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‘adopt-an-animal’ scheme of Nandankanan zoo

News: Nandankanan Zoological Park(NZP) which suffered a huge loss following its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic has revived its innovative ‘Adopt-An-Animal’ programme to mobilise resources for animals. Facts: Nandankanan Zoological Park(NZP): It is located in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.Unlike other zoos in the country, Nandankanan is built right inside the forest and set in a completely… Continue reading ‘adopt-an-animal’ scheme of Nandankanan zoo

Blue flag certification awarded to 8 Beaches of India

On Sunday, India has received prestigious ‘Blue Flag’ certification for all its eight beaches, spread across five states and two union territories that were recommended by the government.  The recommendation was made on September 18 by the government.  Beaches awarded blue certification are Shivrajpur in Gujarat,  Ghoghla in Diu,  Kasarkod and Padubidri in Karnataka (2) … Continue reading Blue flag certification awarded to 8 Beaches of India

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