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  • Standard mitigation norms in wildlife habitats for road, railway projects soon

    Source:Live Mint / 20-Oct-2016

    In order to facilitate faster green clearances for linear projects like roads, railway tracks, pipelines, transmission lines and canals in wildlife habitats and avoid project delays at later stages, the Union environment ministry is developing a standard set of mitigation measures. The issue will be discussed at a meeting of forest secretaries of all states, organized by Anil Madhav Dave-led Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), on 21-22 October. For more details:

  • Phalong village in Manipur’s declared ‘Amur Falcon Village’

    Source:The Assaam Tribune / 11-Oct-2016

    A village in Manipur’s Tamenglong, which has the largest dense forest cover area among all the nine districts, has been declared as ‘Amur Falcon Village’, considering the commendable conservation activities of the villagers in the recent past. Amur Falcon is a small migratory raptor bird which visits Tamenglong in large numbers as part of their annual North to South to North migratory trip covering a distance of about 22,000 km during winters in search of food and adaptable habitation since time immemorial. Also known as Akhoipuina or Ahoipuina in Rongmei dialect, this pigeon-size eagle migrates from Siberia and Northern China to Wokha (Nagaland) and then Tamenglong (Manipur) before flying back to their original habitat after touching Central and western India and South Africa.

  • World cannot afford luxury animal trade in rhino horns, ivory, endangered species

    Source:The Age / 05-Oct-2016

    A decade ago, the number of rhinoceros poached for their horns in southern Africa stood at about 60 each year – a cruel but relatively small illicit trade. Last year, more than 1300 rhinos fell to the poachers' guns. This extraordinary and appalling slaughter should alarm everyone, raising as it does fears for the future of these majestic animals. The demand has largely been fuelled by rising middle-class wealth in Asia, particularly in Vietnam and China. Rhino horn is marketed as a form of traditional medicine in Asia's nightclub scene, to be ground up and mixed into an expensive tonic on the false promise of a hangover cure. Shonky herbalists also claim the powder to be a treatment for cancer. The social value of rhino horn is entirely as a status symbol; recent estimates put the cost at $60,000 a kilogram. It is the perverse price ascribed to rarity, for there is absolutely no medical benefit. The true cost must not be measured only in dollars but devastation for animals. More than 6000 rhinos have been killed in the past 10 years, leaving four of the five species facing extinction. Read more at: