The Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) invites all interested to a Seminar on The Colonial Hunt: Metropole, colony and wildlife in India, 1850-1950’. The speaker during the Seminar will be Dr. Swati Shresth of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment. Dr. Shresth works on colonial culture and wildlife management and is currently finishing her monograph on colonial governance and hunting. Date: 19th August, 2014 Time: 3.00 pm Venue: Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi Seminar Abstract: The self-ascription as sahib-shikaris (officer-hunter) in colonial India, was important to British identity and to claims of benevolent, paternalistic exercise of power. The memorialization of British hunting from
Lets keep nature in the wild! In an attempt to ensure the protection of endangered wildlife species, the Department of Forests has asked all schools and colleges to surrender the specimens of wild animals and specified plants lying in their biology laboratories to the Chief Wildlife Warden. The move is anticipated to protect the endangered wildlife species and discourage their exploitation by any means. All wildlife samples and endangered plants lying in the Biology Laboratory of any school or college now needs to be reported to the Forest Department of Delhi Government. As per the Wild Life Crime Control Bureau advisories (the last one as recent as 02.04.2013), all the educational institutions in the National Capital Territory of Delhi need to immediately comply. All such agencies ...
Tiger Watch, a pioneer in wildlife conservation in and around Ranthambhore, organizes an annual workshop to facilitate the gap between ground conservation work and wildlife enthusiasts. The workshop comprises interactive sessions and field trips and helps participants benefit from an over decade long experience of Tiger Watch in anti-poaching operations, poacher reform projects and conservation models. Each individual can be a leader in evolving better and newer ways in conserving resources and Tiger Watch seeks to involve and engage all such interested and concerned citizens in protecting our national animal. Environment agencies are working towards this but most of the time, the centralized institutional system does not work at the ground level. For that, there needs to be interac
The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), a non-profit conservation organisation, committed to urgent action that works towards the protection of India's wildlife, invites applications from motivated and enthusiastic volunteers (Minimum eligibility: Graduation) who can engage in documentation work in the communications division of the organisation. The major responsibilities would include, among others, Segregating & sorting news clips- WTI hits separate, species wise separate and file them. Scanning news clips to be stored in hard disk Help filling the media analysis data with provided information. Applications are welcomed from current and recent graduate students, as well as individuals with appropriate qualifications or work experience. The internship positions are unpai
The temperature has slowly dipped in Delhi in the last week and one can already smell winter in the air. The most widely celebrated and awaited festival of the year Diwali, is around the corner. Children in the colony have already started burning firecrackers and the smell emanating from it, sends a shudder down my spine. I have always dreaded the day only because of the air and noise pollution it causes. But now it has added another horrifying element: the owl population in the country being sacrificed during the festival. The recently launched TRAFFIC India's report entitled 'Imperilled Custodians of the Night' states that the usage of owls in black magic and sorcery driven by superstition during Diwali is the primary cause of illegal owl trade in India. And the reporting of cases...
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
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...
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
The North East Center for Environment Education & Research (NECEER), Imphal in association with Department of Biotechnology, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi Greens and World Institute of Nature, Pune invite concerned citizens to the Enviro Lecture Series, a quarterly lecture series starting from September 2010 in Delhi. Academicians, scientists, researchers and experts/activists will deliver lectures on different issues of Environment and Biodiversity of the country especially with respect to Northeast India. Northeast India is the most biodiversity rich region in the country and comprises eight states, viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. It occupies 7.7% of India’s total geographical area supporting 50% of the flora (approx 80