Environment Minister Jayanti Natarjan and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit flagging off the Science Express - Biodiversity Special from New Delhi. The Science Express - Biodiversity Special (SEBS) train in New Delhi.
In an effort to create widespread awareness on the unique biodiversity of the country, the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) jointly with the Department of Science & Technology (DST) will be running a ‘Science Express – Biodiversity Special (SEBS)’ train across India covering over 100 stations in the next two years. Eight out of the sixteen coaches of the SEBS are solely dedicated to showcasing the myriad biodiversity spread across the bio-geographical zones of India. These include the trans-Himalaya & the Himalayas, the Gangetic Plain, North East India, the Desert & Semi-Arid Zone, the Western Ghats, the Deccan Peninsula, the Coasts & Islands. These 8 coaches will focus on the range of Biological diversity, critically endangered species (IUCN Red list), biod
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and Forests, Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan releasing the book ‘Fundamentals of the Wildlife Management’, at the All India Meeting of Field Directors of Tiger Reserves, in New Delhi The All India Meeting of Field Directors of Tiger Reserves recently concluded in New Delhi, with the lauding of the efforts made by different stakeholders for protecting the tiger habitat. The Minister of State (I/C) for Environment & Forest Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan presided over the meeting and stressed upon the increased focus on the tiger conservation since the last one year. The Centrally Sponsored Project Tiger Scheme was revised in August, 2011. Its allotment has been stepped up to Rs. 1216.86 Crores, especially to support the States for securi
The past week witnessed the celebrations of two important and inter-connected days of environmental importance. 21st March marked the observance of World Forestry Day, supported by all members of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. World Forestry Day has been celebrated since 1972 as a day to highlight the importance of forests and calling for urgent attention towards the protection and preservation of 'our forest heritage'. The very next day, 22nd March 2012 was celebrated as World Water Day (WWD), also in coordination with the FAO. World Water Day 2012 was themed on 'Water and Food Security' and highlighted the importance of securing water resources for feeding the rapidly increasing global population. WWD 2012 was also more significant this year as it ...
The 2nd of February each year is celebrated globally as the World Wetlands Day! It marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2nd February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Wetlands are areas where water is the primary factor controlling the environment and the associated plant and animal life. They occur where the water table is at or near the surface of the land, or where the land is covered by water. Because of the many cleansing benefits of wetlands, they are often called the kidneys of the ecosystem. This is an interesting metaphor since like kidneys, wetlands help control water flow and cleanse the system.The Ramsar Convention is the primary Convention working for the protection and conservation of wetlands and associated
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfFP9ld4UJY The ongoing "junglistan" signing campaign of Greenpeace India is a symbolic one as it calls for a united struggle against indiscriminate mining and destruction of our forests. People are being urged to become citizens of a new country: Junglistan - the country of the forests. Every citizen of junglistan is given a passport and as responsible citizens of this new country, they are urged to pledge to protect the 'junglistan' from mining by asking the government to keep the forests intact. And now, Greenpeace India volunteers have gone Kolavering with an interesting green version of kolaveri di, to raise further awareness and get more signatories. Click here if you support 'Why this Koyla Mining di' and to take the Junglistan citizenship!
Delhi Greens wishes all its readers a Happy and more hopeful Independence Day! The Nation today is going through a slow and steady transformation, one that we all should feel lucky to be witnessing. There are going to be challenges and indeed there really are, but let us hope we shall overcome all these and that each one of us will contribute in ensuring an overall development of India, while ensuring that every development process respects 'our common environment' and is sustainable. Our two heads-of-the-State, President of India, H.E. Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh discussed some of these issues in their speeches on the occassion of India's 65th Independence Day. The President highlighted, among other issues, the issue of ensuring food securit
In definition, biological diversity (biodiversity) is the ‘variety of life’ and refers collectively to variation at all levels of biological organization. In our daily life, it is everywhere around us! It doesn’t matter if you live in a city, a town or a village, you are almost always surrounded by some degree of biodiversity and your survival on this Planet is ensured by the services provided by both the existing as well as yet to be discovered biodiversity. Such is the importance of the biodiversity services that even if a fraction of these services are removed, e.g. pollination by bees and other insects, human survival and growth will come to a standstill in no time. This year’s observance of the International Day for Biodiversity by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) c
India is a land of rich biodiversity; with various cultures and traditions, which have worked in nurturing and preserving its natural wealth. However due to population explosion and its ever increasing needs and demands, there is increased pressure on the environment. The tradition of conservation is soon becoming extinct. It is not possible to return to those times, but we can work on a new culture for conservation from what has been handed down to us since centuries. The rural population still depends on forest resources, rivers and wildlife commodities for survival. Several species and ecosystems have come under severe threat due to depletion of resources and global warming. Before we reach an irreversible crisis, we need to stop and start working towards conservation with a strate
International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme of the WWD 2011 is 'Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge'. Delhi Greens and the Dept. of Environment, Govt. of NCT of Delhi invite all to come take the "BE WATER WISE" pledge on this day and become a water warrior! Delhi is the most rapidly urbanizing mega center in the country with an ever increasing population pressure which makes sustaining its urban growth a big challenge. A key factor determining urban sustainability is water and ensuring adequate water for all is indeed a task which is easier said than done. This challenge may only deepen and take the f...