In response to numerous requests from various stakeholders, the central Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) is in the process of completely banning the trade of peacock feathers. Despite this, the selling of feathers of our National Bird is rampant across the Delhi NCR. Though the usual street shops are no longer selling these openly, the feathers can still be seen being sold on the streets around CP and ITO and even in markets like Kamla Nagar and Sarojini. The demand for the feathers far outsrips the supply leading to rampant poaching and killing of the birds. Sections 43(3)(a) and 44 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 relates to the transfer and sale of the tail feathers of peacocks. Currently, the Act prohibits the killing of peacocks as well as export of tail feathers...
If there is any body which is consistently working hard for the biodiversity in this International Year of Biodiversity, amazingly, it is but the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF). And quite appropriately so! The MoEF has now notified the Ganges River Dolphin as the National Aquatic Animal of India. Recognized as ‘highly endangered’ in Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act (1972) with an estimated total population of around 2,000, river dolphins primarily occur in the Ganges-Brahmaputra river systems of India and Bangladesh. The notification that came last week will, according to the Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, will raise public awareness and support for the animals conservation and protection, especially among the younger generation. The Ganges Dolphin
The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) is organising a National Workshop on Reforms in Environmental Regulation on Tuesday, the 25th of May 2010 at the Godrej Auditorium, WWF-India (Lodhi Estate, New Delhi). This event is intended to be a platform to discuss environmental governance in India, and aims to engage the States, members of civil society and industry, and other stakeholders in the development of the proposed National Environment Protection Authority (NEPA). The Workshop will be chaired by the Hon’ble Minister for Environment and Forests. Over the course of two sessions, panelists will focus on the proposed role and function of NEPA and, solicit feedback on the design of this Authority. Rapid industrialization and infrastructure development in the last decade couple
The Indian Network for Climate Change Assessment (INCCA), a nation-wide network comprising 127 research institutions working on science and impacts of climate change for the MoEF, filed a report on India’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2007 last week. The report, released by Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia at an INCCA meeting, makes India the first “non-Annex I” (developing) country to publish such updated numbers on global warming and climate change. The INCCA meeting was chaired by the Environment Minister Mr. Jairam Ramesh who congratulated the entire team of scientists involved in putting this assessment together. The last such report was released in 1994. According to the report, India's ranking in 2007 in aggregate GHG emissions in the world is 5th,
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) often ascribed as "urban ore" is a waste type consisting of any broken or unwanted electrical or electronic appliance. It includes includes computers, entertainment electronics, mobile phones and other items that have been discarded by their original users. Presence of chemicals like cadmium, lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium and brominated flame retardants makes e-waste dangerous. Electronic equipments are major contributors of heavy metals and organic pollutants to the waste stream. The Central Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) of the Government of India now considers it necessary to enable the recovery and/or reuse of useful material from WEEE, thereby reducing the hazardous wastes destined for disposal and to ens...
The Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India in collaboration with the German Federal Mininstry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and GTZ are organizing Carbon Bazaar 2010. The Conference will be inaugurated by the Hon'le Minister Shri Jairam Ramesh. The objective of the conference is to discuss emerging issues and challenges in policy framework, carbon transactions and specific sectors. In parallel, this event will offer direct business-to-business meetings between buyers and sellers for projects generating 35,000 to 75,000 CERs per annum. Date: 10 and 11 May, 2010 Venue: Hotel Taj Mahal, 1, Mansingh Road, New Delhi - 110011 Entry is by invitation only. For registration, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org Image courtesy Gar
Participate in the MoEF and WWF-India’s Essay Writing Competition and you can be a part of the International Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen this year. MoEF and WWF-India has organised an Essay Writing Competition giving all young people a chance to be a part of the International Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen this year. BE A PART OF THE CHANGE, BECOME A YOUNG CLIMATE GUARDIAN Topic of the ESSAY: You are India's future generation - How can you lead / influence the climate change challenge to ensure a sustainable future for the country and the planet? Entries can be submitted in BOTH English and Hindi Eligibility: Competition is open to all youth between the ages 16 to 21 years and residing in India Deadline: October 23, 2009 to submit the essay by registe