Desertification and Land Degradation Atlas of India

What is the news? ‘Desertification and Land Degradation Atlas of India’ was released recently by Ministry of Environment. It was released on the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification. Note: Desertification is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. It is caused primarily by human activities and climatic variations. About… Continue reading Desertification and Land Degradation Atlas of India

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

“Operation Olivia” to Protect Olive Ridley Turtles

What is the News? Indian Coast Guards (ICG) are using an aircraft for ‘Operation Olivia’ to protect Olive Ridley turtles. About Operation Olivia: Operation Olivia was launched by the Indian Coast Guard in the early 1980s. Purpose: The operation aims to protect Olive Ridley turtles when they arrive at the Odisha coast for breeding and nesting… Continue reading “Operation Olivia” to Protect Olive Ridley Turtles

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

Maharashtra govt clears an amendment to protect “heritage trees”

What is the News? The Maharashtra Government has cleared an amendment to the Maharashtra (Urban Areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act,1975. What are the key features of the amended act? The key features are: Concept of Heritage Tree: A tree with an estimated age of 50 years or more shall be defined as a… Continue reading Maharashtra govt clears an amendment to protect “heritage trees”

Haryana’s “Pran Vayu Devta Pension Scheme” and “Oxy Van” (Oxygen Forests)

What is the News? Haryana Government has launched the Pran Vayu Devta Pension Scheme (PVDPS) and Oxy Van(Oxygen Forests) on the occasion of World Environment Day. About Pran Vayu Devta Pension Scheme(PVDPS): Read Also :-“Pradhan Mantri VAN DHAN Yojana” (PMVDY) Pran Vayu Devta Pension Scheme(PVDPS) is an initiative to honour all those trees which are… Continue reading Haryana’s “Pran Vayu Devta Pension Scheme” and “Oxy Van” (Oxygen Forests)

Role of National Mission on Biodiversity and Human Well-Being on India’s Biodiversity

Synopsis: The pandemic has exposed the dysfunctional relationship between humanity and nature. The National Mission on Biodiversity and Human Well-Being will help India to restore that dysfunctional relationship. Background Globally, there is a decline in biodiversity. Since 2000, 7% of intact forests have been lost. Further, Climate change and the ongoing pandemic will add additional… Continue reading Role of National Mission on Biodiversity and Human Well-Being on India’s Biodiversity

186 Elephants killed by Trains in Over 10 Years: MoEFCC Data

What is the News? Project Elephant Division of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has published data. It highlights the number of elephants killed by trains on railway tracks. Key Highlights from the Published data: There was killing of a total of 186 elephants after being hit by trains across India between… Continue reading 186 Elephants killed by Trains in Over 10 Years: MoEFCC Data

“National Bamboo Mission” launches MIS module for Agarbatti industry

What is the News? National Bamboo Mission has launched an MIS (Management Information Systems) based reporting platform for strengthening the domestic agarbatti industry. About MIS System for agarbatti industry: MIS (Management Information Systems) has been launched to help collate data on Agarbatti stick production, The locations of stick making units, Availability of raw material, Functioning… Continue reading “National Bamboo Mission” launches MIS module for Agarbatti industry

EAC Recommends the Great Nicobar Development Plan for EIA Study

Synopsis: The Environment Appraisal Committee has recommended the  Great Nicobar Development plan for grant of terms of reference for EIA studies. The committee also flagged a few critical concerns. Introduction  The Environment Appraisal Committee (EAC) had raised serious concerns about NITI Aayog’s ambitious project for the Great Nicobar Development plan. However, the EAC has also… Continue reading EAC Recommends the Great Nicobar Development Plan for EIA Study