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DU Hosts Public Lecture on Politics of Nature: East-West Perspective

DU Hosts Public Lecture on Politics of Nature: East-West Perspective

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The University of Delhi hosted its first public lecture of 2011 today, on 'The Politics of Nature: East- West Perspective in the Viceregal Lodge of the University. The event was marked by the presence of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh and Director of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) Dr. Sunita Narain. The Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Vivek Suneja, was also present on the occasion which witnessed participation of scholars and professors from DU and JNU and from other social science research facilities as well. The key speaker of the lecture was Prof. Bruno Latour, Professor at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, France. Prof. Latour is a renowned French sociologist and anthropologist and an influential theorist in the field of Science and Technology Studies. No
Eight New Tiger Reserves To Boost Tiger Conservation Measures in India

Eight New Tiger Reserves To Boost Tiger Conservation Measures in India

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Emphasizing on India’s commitment towards conserving the big cat, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh announced at the WWF-India event to introduce Youth Tiger Ambassadors, the addition of eight new Tiger Reserves to the existing 39 Tiger Reserves in the country within the next 6 to 8 months. These will be one each at Satyamangala in Tamil Nadu, Ratapani in Madhya Pradesh, Sonapeda in Orissa, the Biliriranga Hills near Mysore in Karnataka and two new Tiger Reserves each in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. These will be Nave Goan Nagzira and Bor and Pilibhit and Suhelwa respectively. Adding to the introduction of the Youth Tiger Ambassadors, the Minister said while other talk of saving the tigers, we actually save the tigers! India harbors a large proportion of the world’s tiger populat
Tiger Range Countries Come Together for Restoring Tiger Populations in the Wild

Tiger Range Countries Come Together for Restoring Tiger Populations in the Wild

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The 13 Tiger Range Countries (TRCc) viz. Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam have finalized an ambitious global programme for restoring tiger populations in the wild.  Representatives from the 13 countries came together at the two day workshop on “Consensus for Conservation”, organized by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) through the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and co-hosted by the Global Tiger Initiative supported by Global Environment Facility (GEF), Smithsonian Institution, World Bank and other partners. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh congratulated the TRCs for finalizing Global Tiger Recovery Programme (GTRP) which is to be adopted by all the 13 TRC Governments, who
YETI 2010 Conference Concludes in Bangalore

YETI 2010 Conference Concludes in Bangalore

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Participants of the 'Young Ecologist Talk & Interact' conference at IISc, Bangalore Organised with an objective of serving as a friendly and inspiring platform for ecologists early in their careers,  YETI or the Young Ecologist Talk & Interact conference recently concluded in Bangalore. The conference had invited participation from ecology students and researchers in India to present and discuss their work, exchange ideas and strike up collaborations with contemporaries across the country. The YETI conference is held with the specific goal of addressing ecological concerns for professionals across the country through: Providing a forum to discuss ecological issues, both academic and applied Discerning ways to influence policies in conservation related matters Dissemin
Stars for the Star: Tiger Conservation Through Celebrities

Stars for the Star: Tiger Conservation Through Celebrities

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The most recent celebrity who has lent his name for the cause of saving the tiger is Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Having met Jairam Ramesh in New York this September at the reception of the Coalition of Rainforest Nations, DiCaprio reportedly expressed his interest to play a crucial role in sensitizing the global community to the cause of the Indian tiger. In his statement released through the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) earlier this year, the actor had said “Key Conservation efforts can save the Indian tigers species from extinction, protect some of the planet’s last wild habitats and help sustain local communities surrounding them”. DiCaprio is not the first celebrity to get behind the cause of saving the Indian tiger. And going by the trend, he definitely isn't the las
Deadly Rail Tracks Bring Elephants Under Threat

Deadly Rail Tracks Bring Elephants Under Threat

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The killing of elephants on railway tracks in West Bengal made headlines recently. On 22nd September, seven elephants including one calf were mowed down by a Guwahati bound goods train near Moraghat level crossing around midnight. The railway track in question passes through an elephant corridor which, according to the Forest Department's Expert Committee, was not considered as accident prone area. Consequently and as indicated by the scale of casualty, the train was moving with a speed much higher than the permissible speed limit of 25 kmph. The Railway authorities later confirmed the speed of the train at the time of the accident to be 70 kmph. The tragic incident has sent shock waves across the conservation community in India. The incident has brought into attention the threat po...
Bhola Appeals to Restore Pride and Safety of the Indian Elephant

Bhola Appeals to Restore Pride and Safety of the Indian Elephant

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Bhola outside Dilli Haat in 2007: now fading into the mist of the night To, The Minister Tourism Department Government of India Sub: Appeal to restore my pride and safety Respected Madam, I take pride in writing to you, more so after being recently declared as the National Heritage Animal of India by the respected Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. I write to you with regard to the damage done to my image by your Ministry. I am blind but I did not expect the Ministry to be so blind that it would not be able to distinguish between me and my African cousin. A truck hit me last week as I walked the streets of Delhi, but I am more hurt by the act of negligence of publishing images of African elephants on stamps released by the Tourism Ministry of the Government of "Ind...
World Tourism Day 2010 Calls for Biodiversity Conservation

World Tourism Day 2010 Calls for Biodiversity Conservation

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World Tourism Day (WTD) is celebrated each year on the 27th of September with an objective of fostering awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values. The date marks an important milestone in world tourism the adoption of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Statutes on 27 September 1970 and is being celebrated since 1980. The timing of WTD is particularly appropriate in that it comes at the end of the high season in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of the season in the southern hemisphere, when tourism is of topical interest to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. If the world is indeed a book, and those who do not travel read only a page, India indeed has several chapters ...
Online Chat on “Responsible Tourism – Way Forward to Conservation?”

Online Chat on “Responsible Tourism – Way Forward to Conservation?”

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Feeding the Rufous Treepie is a common practice inside the Ranthambore National Park even as feeding any kind of animals is prohibited. The Park Management is not too strict about this as they think for most of the disappointed tourists who could not get to see the tiger, at least this could be something they can take back. The Indian Wildlife Club in an attempt to spread the message of conservation & environment education organises an online chat session every month - moderated by a chosen personality from a chosen field. This free wheeling chat is an opportunity to get first hand knowledge on various topics of interest to wildlife and nature lovers. The chat room opens for one hour on the 18th of every month between 7.30 PM (IST) and 8.30 PM (IST). Click here to
Elephant to Become India’s National Heritage Animal

Elephant to Become India’s National Heritage Animal

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The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) recently released a Report of the Elephant Task Force (ETF) and announced the setting up of a National Elephant Conservation Authority (NECA) along with declaring the elephant as a National Heritage Animal. The specialized ETF was previously set up by the Ministry under the Chairmanship of Dr. Mahesh Rangarajan to address the problems related to the Asian elephant. The report calls for giving the elephant its due pride of place and its conservation, the same degree of visibility and importance as is given to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). India has some 3,500 elephants in captivity. The conflict between humans and elephants kills almost 400 people each year mostly killing people who die protecting their crops and a...
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