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
With a total of 11 years of experience in ground level conservation, anti-poaching, and rehabilitation work, Tiger Watch – a Non-Governmental Organisation working out of Sawai Madhopur - on the outskirts of the Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan - has put together its experience and knowledge - invaluable for those making a sincere and serious effort towards conservation. COURSE SCHEDULE Duration: From May 24, 2010 to May 29, 2010 Program Schedule Seven lecture sessions with prominent personalities who work at the ground level in various fields towards wildlife conservation Two visits to Ranthambhore National Park for understanding the ecology of the tiger A visit to the Chambal river bank to understand the ecology of Gharial Visit to the Moghiya Tri
Rahul Dravid and Editor, Sanctuary, Bittu Sahgal Voice Their Concern Cross posted from WWF-India by J. Ertmann On the 28th of July 2009, a Tiger Rally was organised by the Delhi Greens (Editor's Note: and by Sanctuary and a series of organisations) at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML), Teen Murti House. WWF India, after correspondence with Mr. Govind Singh, was also present at the Event. It was very important for the Tiger Rally to happen when it did, since reports on the diminishing number of Tigers in India have been increasing in recent days. Numerous Tiger Reserves have declared immense scarcity of Tigers and some even had to admit that there were no Tigers left. The event included activities for Schools in the NMML garden and a conference inside the building. T
A Moghiya Tribal outside his house on the outskirts of the Ranthambore National Park, one of the first "poacher" to be rehabilitated by Tiger Watch Continuing with the spirit of Save the Tiger campaign of Delhi Greens, I have an interesting story to share about the Moghiya Tribe that specialize in tiger hunting in Ranthambore, a Tiger reserve in Rajasthan. This was narrated to me by a Moghiya tribal during a recent visit to Ranthambore as a tourist. Moghiyas are a sect among the Bavadias who claim to be loyal courtiers to the Kingdom of Udaipur. When the then King of Udaipur, Maharana Pratapsingh had lost his kingdom to Akbar, he had taken refuge in the forests. His loyal courtiers went with him and they pledged to never return till the King regained his rule. Until then, they chos...
Even as there is no reliable estimate on the number of tigers that walk the jungles of India, and no agreement even on how to carry out the census - the tiger population in the country is on the expressway to extinction. Tigers and the large number of ecosystem services they provide are being lost at an unprecedented rate. This has put the future of our generation and the generations to come, under grave danger. The tiger is facing threats from poaching, habitat destruction owing to urbanisation, climate change and a mismanagement that has plagued the country ever since. Unfortunately, the efforts being made to help the tiger fight for survival (his and ours) are but a drop in the ocean. Thus, Delhi Greens, and a series of organisations have come together and have called for a Rally...
1. Tiger Supports Livelihood Tourism is the world's biggest industry. On the ecotour front, the tiger is a star attraction for not just the Indian tourists but also for the people coming from other countries. There are foriegners who come to India only to have a glimpse of the tiger and then there are others who return more than once for another such opportunity. The look in the eyes of a canter that has just come out of a National Park after sighting a tiger is very different from the look and feel of a canter that could not sight any. This eventually impacts the tourist influx thus impacting everyone from the tour companies to the local tour guides. A healthy tiger population thus supports livelihoods as well. 2. Tiger Protects Genetic Diversity Tiger is an umbrella species. It's
"I see you, but do you see me??" Delhi Greens, Sanctuary Asia, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML), The Shri Ram School (TSRS), The Climate Project-India (TCP-I), Nature First, Green India States Trust (GIST), Center for Social Markets (CSM), Wildlife Conversation Trust, Bengal Tiger Campaign, National Tiger Conservation Authority etc. are all coming together for a Rally and a Tiger Consultation - for what is perhaps the LAST CALL FOR SAVING THE TIGER. The current rate of decline of tiger population in the country is alarming. For this reason, a rally demanding the Tiger's Right to Live, and a secure FUTURE fo rall us is beign called for. Some 3000 school children from across Delhi and the NCR are joining us in demanding this Right to Life (and habitat) for the Tiger. Date:
What does it take to save the tiger? Tiger - India's National animal and a flagship-umbrella species which facilitates the conservation of a large number of other species and that of our forests and wildlife resources. While this may answer the query of some tribal activist and several others on why the big cat should be saved on a priority basis, the larger question is what does it take to save the tiger? Clearly, Project Tiger has not been able to do much except save raise awareness on the need to save the tiger. Those who believed that the tiger will have to co-exist with the tribal people must be convinced by now that the tiger neither casts a vote nor selects civil society committees and will not abide. Neither fencing our National Parks (mainly a barrier for the tiger, sin
With a total of 10 years of experience in ground level conservation, anti-poaching, and rehabilitation work, Tiger Watch - a Non-Governmental Organisation working out of Sawai Madhopur - on the outskirts of the Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan - has put together its experience and knowledge - invaluable for those making a sincere and serious effort towards conservation. COURSE SCHEDULE Duration: From May 20, 2009 to May 25, 2009 Program Schedule Seven lecture sessions with prominent personalities who work at the ground level in various fields towards wildlife conservation Two visits to Ranthambhore National Park for understanding the ecology of the tiger A visit to the Chambal river bank to understand the ecology of Gharial Visit to the Moghiya Tribe Education Prog
Tribal Rights....Forests.....and the ! On 15th of December 2006 the Lok Sabha passed by voice vote the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Bill, 2005, seeking to recognise and vest the forest rights and occupation in forest land of forest-dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest-dwellers. Draft Scheduled Tribes Bill (Recognition of Forest Rights) Bill, 2005 Dated 03/06/2005: Bill put to public for Views/Suggestions. Once the Draft Bill was out.....Social groups and environmentalists believed that the Bill, if implemented in the present form, could lead to social division while wildlife enthusiasts feared that access to the forest would harm wildlife. The Draft Act dropped forest-dwellers, including tribes not ...