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

ZSI research helps in categorising “Indian and Chinese Pangolin” scales

What is the News? Researchers at the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kolkata have developed tools to differentiate the scales of Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) and Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla). About the Research: The researchers characterised the morphological features of the Indian and Chinese Pangolin. They also investigated genetic variations between the two species. The… Continue reading ZSI research helps in categorising “Indian and Chinese Pangolin” scales

GOA Infra Project Red Flagged- Key Findings and Recommendation by the CEC Panel

Synopsis – The Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) recommended changes to the rail track doubling project in GOA.  The project would have destroyed the fragile ecosystem of Western Ghats. Introduction – The Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (SC-NBWL) gave clearance to linear infrastructure projects within the boundaries of Wildlife Sanctuary and… Continue reading GOA Infra Project Red Flagged- Key Findings and Recommendation by the CEC Panel

Government inaugurates “The Hydrogen Economy – New Delhi Dialogue 2021”

What is the News? The Union Minister inaugurated The Hydrogen Economy – New Delhi Dialogue 2021. About Hydrogen Economy – New Delhi Dialogue 2021: The Energy Forum(TEF), an independent think tank in India in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry(FIPI), is organizing New Delhi Dialogue 2021. FIPI is under the patronage of the… Continue reading Government inaugurates “The Hydrogen Economy – New Delhi Dialogue 2021”

“Indian Rhino Vision 2020” – Last 2 Rhinos Translocated

What is the News? Indian Rhino Vision 2020(IRV 2020) came to an end with the release of two rhinos. An adult male and a female rhino transported to Assam’s Manas National Park from Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary about 185 km east. Indian Rhino Vision Plan 2020: Indian Rhino Vision Plan 2020 was launched in 2005. Vision:… Continue reading “Indian Rhino Vision 2020” – Last 2 Rhinos Translocated

UN observes “International Day of Forests”

What is the News? The United Nations observes March 21 as the International Day of Forests. About International Day of Forests: The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 21 as the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012. Aim: The day celebrates and raises awareness about the importance of all types of forests. Celebrated by:… Continue reading UN observes “International Day of Forests”

The first “Inter-State Tiger Relocation Project” Suspended

What is the News? The first inter-state tiger relocation project has been suspended. About the First Tiger Relocation Project:  The National Tiger Conservation Authority(NTCA) launched the first Tiger Relocation Project in 2018. Under the Project, two tigers a male (Mahavir) from Kanha Tiger Reserve and a female (Sundari) from Bandhavgarh from MP, were relocated to Satkosia… Continue reading The first “Inter-State Tiger Relocation Project” Suspended

NITI Aayog’s Great Nicobar Development plan – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction NITI Aayog’s  Great Nicobar Development plan aims to promote the holistic development of Greater Nicobar. Based on that, the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) denotified the entire Galathea Bay Wildlife Sanctuary for building port and other related infrastructure. This would facilitate the realization of NITI Aayog’s master plan for the… Continue reading NITI Aayog’s Great Nicobar Development plan – Explained, Pointwise

Parliamentary Standing Committee report on Environment Ministry

What is the news? The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment, Forests and Climate Change chaired by a Rajya Sabha member has tabled its report. The report demands more grants to the Environment ministry. What were the key highlights of the report? On Budget allocation for Environment Ministry: In Budget 2020-21, Government has reduced the revised… Continue reading Parliamentary Standing Committee report on Environment Ministry

“Miyawaki method” to create dense green patches

What is the News? Bombay Municipal Corporation(BMC) has been using the Miyawaki method to create tiny urban forests in the Metropolitan areas of Mumbai. What is the Miyawaki Method? Miyawaki is an afforestation method based on the work of Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki in the 1980s. Process of Miyawaki Method: Initially, native trees of the… Continue reading “Miyawaki method” to create dense green patches

“Swachhta Saarthi Fellowship”

What is the News? The Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India has launched the Swachhta Saarthi Fellowship. About Swachhta Saarthi Fellowship: The fellowship was launched by the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser under the “Waste to Wealth” Mission. Aim: To recognize students, community workers or Self-Help Groups (SHG), and… Continue reading “Swachhta Saarthi Fellowship”

What is Carbon Watch App?

What is the news? Chandigarh becomes the first state or Union Territory in India to launch Carbon Watch App. It is a mobile application to assess the carbon footprint of an individual. About Carbon Watch App: The app allows users to assess their carbon footprint. It also suggests ways to reduce Carbon Footprint. Carbon footprint… Continue reading What is Carbon Watch App?

“Giant Leatherback Turtle” nesting sites threatened by Andamans development project

What is the News? In the Andaman and Nicobar(A&N) Islands tourism and port development projects are under the proposal. However, it is threatening some of the most important nesting populations of the “Giant Leatherback turtle”. Giant Leatherback turtle Giant Leatherback turtles are named for their shell. Their shells are leather-like rather than hard, like other… Continue reading “Giant Leatherback Turtle” nesting sites threatened by Andamans development project

PCRA launches ‘SAKSHAM’ campaign for green and clean energy awareness

News: Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) has launched a month-long campaign “SAKSHAM”. Facts: SAKSHAM: It is a people-centric fuel conservation mega campaign that aims to highlight the adverse health and environmental impacts of increasing carbon footprints. The idea is to convince consumers to switch to cleaner fuels and bring in behavioral change to use fossil… Continue reading PCRA launches ‘SAKSHAM’ campaign for green and clean energy awareness

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

Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of the Ecosystem Services (NCAVES) India Forum-2021

News: Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation(MoSPI) is organising the Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of the Ecosystem Services (NCAVES) India Forum-2021. Facts: NCAVES India Forum: It is being organized by MoSPI in collaboration with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), European Union and UN Environment. Objectives: The objectives of the National Forum would be:… Continue reading Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of the Ecosystem Services (NCAVES) India Forum-2021

First tiger translocation occurred in Uttarakhand

Source: The Indian Express News: Rajaji Tiger Reserve is set to welcome the first tiger from Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve in the first such relocation in Uttarakhand aimed at tiger population management. Facts: Why translocations of tigers needed? The western portion of the Rajaji Tiger Reserve, which occupies more than 60% of the total reserve area… Continue reading First tiger translocation occurred in Uttarakhand

Transport Ministry invites comments for introducing adoption of E20 fuel

Source: Click here News: Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has published a notification seeking comments from the public for adoption of E20 fuel to promote green fuel like ethanol. Facts: E20 Fuel: It means blending 20% of ethanol with gasoline as an automotive fuel. Significance: The blending will help in reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons and… Continue reading Transport Ministry invites comments for introducing adoption of E20 fuel

12th GRIHA summit

Source: Click here News: The Vice President of India has virtually inaugurated the 12th GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) Summit. Facts: GRIHA Summit: It is the annual flagship event organized by GRIHA Council in association with key stakeholders in the construction industry to discuss and deliberate on furtherance of Sustainable Habitat Development in India. Theme:… Continue reading 12th GRIHA summit

5th India Water Impact Summit(IWIS)

Source: Click here News: The 5th India Water Impact Summit(IWIS) has commenced in a virtual mode. Facts: Organized by: The summit has been organised by the National Mission for Clean Ganga and Center for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies(cGanga). Objective: To bring together various stakeholders to discuss, debate and develop model solutions to some of the biggest… Continue reading 5th India Water Impact Summit(IWIS)

Minor Forest Produce (MFP)

Minor Forest Produce News: Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs has informed Lok Sabha about the Minor Forest Produce(MFP). Facts: About Minor Forest Produce: Minor Forest Produce(MFP) is a subset of forest produce. The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act,2006 defines minor forest produce as all non-timber forest… Continue reading Minor Forest Produce (MFP)

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Centre drops plan to bring in changes to Forest Act of 1927

News: The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has withdrawn a draft amendment that proposed updates to the Indian Forest Act 1927. In March 2019, the government proposed the draft law called as Indian Forest Act, 2019. Facts: Key features of Draft Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill of 2019 Definition of Forests: It defines forest… Continue reading Centre drops plan to bring in changes to Forest Act of 1927

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