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
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
WWF India's hunt for the Youth Tiger Ambassadors is now over as it introduced to the country, two progressive minded youth to represent India at the upcoming Youth Tiger Summit at Vladivostok in Russia. These Young Tiger Ambassadors will represent India at the Youth Summit which will be held parallel to the International Tiger Forum which is being hosted by the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin from 21-24 Nov in St. Petersburg, Russia. The International Tiger Forum will be a one of its kind high level government meeting on tiger conservation. The Tiger Forum will discuss the global action for the conservation and rehabilitations of tigers across their range. It promises to be the most significant meeting ever held to discuss the fate of a single non-human species. As of now, we ...
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
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
..and stop the corruption, and incompetence and what not. The last of the 'Shera' is at stake. It is no longer difficult to understand why big projects like the ones meant to save the tiger don't really work effectively. I am shocked by the collapse of a foot over bridge just about a week before the Commonwealth Games. I am angry at all those who are responsible for the construction of the games infrastructure including this specific foot over bridge. What angers me even more is the explanation that ‘it was a loose screw that caused it’. I am resentful of all those people who are associated with the Games infrastructure, those who ‘made’ the money and those who ‘gave’ the money to cut corners in the quality of construction. I am resentful of all those who were not able to complete the a
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.
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...
The recently concluded The Future of the Bengal Tiger, a conference hosted by the Sanctuary Asia, brought together over 150 delegates, speakers and other participants from all walks of life. Held on 6th August 2010 at the Teen Murti House auditorium, the participants were a blend of wildlife conservationist, researchers, media persons, bureaucrats, foresters and many school students and laypersons. Though students represented the majority, the blend of participants reflected the growing interest in tiger conservation among the general public. The conferences entailed talks by the forest department officials, military personnel, politicians, wildlife biologists and journalists. The sessions also dealt with issues like corruption, conflicting mandates among the different bureaucracies...
WWF India is looking for two talented, progressive-minded youths to represent India during its upcoming Youth Tiger Summit at Vladivostok (home to the Amur tiger) in Russia. Starting September 12, 2010, the summit will carry on till September 19, 2010. If you are young, a natural leader and people listen to you, keen on wildlife and nature conservation, dreaming of embarking on an unforgettable journey to tiger land, willing to tell others how important it is to save this magnificent species - the tigers, then this opportunity is for you! To become a “WWF Tiger Ambassador” one must be: Aged between 18 to 22 years old Fluent in English, with excellent communication and presentation skills. Completed YTS Application form Keen on nature conservation, and aware of the