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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
Go Green India: The Future Deciding Green Courts

Go Green India: The Future Deciding Green Courts

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Snare and big cat skin: the story of India's protected areas needs a drastic change The Chairman of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Justice Lokeshwar Singh Panta, and the Minister for Environment and Forests, Mr. Jairam Ramesh  announced the Notification of the NGT yesterday. With this, the long endeavour to have a specialised body to determine and adjudicate matters relating to the environment was finally accomplished. NGT is the first time such a tribunal, exclusively dedicated to environmental issues, has been set up. Established by an Act of Parliament (National Green Tribunal Act of 2010), the NGT will have circuit benches across the country to try all matters related to and arising out of environmental issues. The Chairperson of the Tribunal, Justice Lokeshwar Singh Panta
National Mission for Green India Draft Submitted to PM’s Council on Climate Change

National Mission for Green India Draft Submitted to PM’s Council on Climate Change

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The issue of climate change is global in nature and not one person on the face of the planet is immune to it. Popularised by the World Commission on Environment & Development (WCED)'s 1987 report entitled "Our Common Future", sustainable development is one of the first born solutions to climate change followed by several measures the world is taking up at the local level for global action. In July 2008, under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, India brought forth its "National Action Plan on Climate Change" (NAPCC). On October 11, 2010, the first draft of the Green India Mission, the sixth out of the eight priority national missions was submitted to the Prime Minister's Council on climate change. This eight priority national missions are the central...
Fifth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change Concludes in China

Fifth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change Concludes in China

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File photo: Minister of State for Environment and Forests (I/c), Shri Jairam Ramesh with the Ministers of BASIC Group, at the end of 4th Meeting of the BASIC countries, at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on July 26, 2010 The Fifth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on climate change concluded yesterday in Tianjin, China. Members from all the BASIC countries participated in the Ministerial Meet including Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, who represented India in the Meeting. In line with the “BASIC-plus” approach, representatives of Yemen, Chair of G77, Argentina, incoming Chair of G77, Ethiopia, Chair of the African Group, Grenada, Chair of AOSIS, and Egypt, Chair of the Arab Group were also invited and attended the meeting as observers. Ministers highly appreciated the successful meeting of UN Clima
“Jairam Ramesh: India’s Environment Revolutionary?” Notes Sierra Club Chairman

“Jairam Ramesh: India’s Environment Revolutionary?” Notes Sierra Club Chairman

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Two stars no less: Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh with Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra Delhi Greens Blog teams up with Sierra Club, the world's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organisation to share with you what Sierra Club Chairman Carl Pope has to say about our Environment Minister, on climate negotiations and beyond. From Bt Brinjal, to Vedanta, to the second airport in Mumbai or be it holding other Ministries responsible for environmental mishandling, Jairam Ramesh has perhaps set the standard on being a good Environment Minister. And the world is talking! India's Environmental Revolutionary? By Carl Pope, Sierra Club Chairman New Delhi, India -- Jairam Ramesh is India's Minister of the Environment. He spoke to the joint U.S.-India Track 2 Climate Negotiations...
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...
Environment Versus Economics of Development: Clash of the Political Titans

Environment Versus Economics of Development: Clash of the Political Titans

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At the Delhi Airport's integrated T-3 Terminal Inauguration in July, 2010: Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, along with Chairperson, UPA and National Advisory Council, Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Praful Patel and the CM of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit In September 1985, under the leadership of India's youngest prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, India first got its own Ministry of Environment and Forests. This year the ministry has proudly completed 25 years in the service of protecting and preserving the environment of the country. The interest and vision was shared by his mother, the first lady prime minister of the country. Mrs. Indira Gandhi had brought out the country’s first Wildlife Protection Act in 1972. And she had launched the first Tiger Project in 1973.
International Ozone Day Celebrated, MoEF Gives Away Green Awards

International Ozone Day Celebrated, MoEF Gives Away Green Awards

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Environment Minister Shri Jairam Ramesh releasing a brochure at the ‘International Ozone Day’ celebrations. Also seen is The Secretary, MoEF, Shri Vijai Sharma The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) celebrated 16th September (2010), as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The date marks the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. This commemoration around the world offers an opportunity to focus attention and to take action at global, regional and national levels for the protection of the ozone layer. At the function organised at FICCI Auditorium and presided by Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State for Environment & Forest (I/c), India reiterated its commitment to the protection of the ozone layer. Addres
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...
Preparing to Reintroduce the Cheetah in India

Preparing to Reintroduce the Cheetah in India

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Once upon a time, the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)--the fastest land animal on the planet and a flagship species of the deciduous dryland/grassland ecosystem--roamed the Indian sub-continent in several thousands.  The Asiatic Cheetah (a different sub species from its African cousin) was also known as the hunting leopard, and were kept by kings and princes to hunt gazelle. The word 'cheetah' itself is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘citrakāyah’, meaning “speckled”. The Moghul Emperor Akbar is believed to have kept 1000 cheetahs. In 1947, as India awoke to life and freedom, the Maharajah of Surguja in eastern Madhya Pradesh, shot dead what were later known to be the last three wild cheetahs in India. There remained a few cheetahs in different zoos of India after that all of which died