Conservation in India: GK, Current Affairs, Questions, Trivia and News

Centre scraps plan to bring changes to Forest Act

On 15 Nov, the Union Environment Ministry withdrew a draft amendment that proposed updates to the Indian Forest Act, 1927. Activist groups and some State governments have opposed this proposed law. The Indian Forest Act, 2019, was envisaged as an amendment to the Indian Forest Act, 1927 and an effort to address contemporary challenges to ..

Panel to declare Dal Lake as eco-sensitive zone

The Jammu and Kashmir   government has set up a ten-member committee to declare Srinagar’s famous Dal Lake and its surrounding areas as an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ), following concerns over its shrinking size. Pollution and encroachments have resulted in the Dal Lake shrinking from its original area of 22 square kilometers to about 10 square ..

TFRI launchs app ‘INSECT PESTS’

The Jabalpur-based Tropical Forest Research Institute (TFRI) has launched a mobile phone application containing details about insects and pests and their management. The app “INSECT PESTS” is a tool that provides information on insect and pests found in various forest areas and their management in tropical forests of central India. The app contains information in ..

National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) releases study titled “Economic Valuation of Tiger Reserves in India: A Value+ Approach”

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has released a study titled “Economic Valuation of Tiger Reserves in India: A Value+ Approach”. The study is authored by the Centre for Ecological Services Management at the Indian Institute of Forest Management (Bhopal). It estimates the economic valuation of Bandipur Tiger Reserve and 9 other tiger reserves in ..

Mankidia Tribe

Mankidia, one of the 13 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) in Odisha, were denied habitat rights inside the Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) under the historic Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, as the State Forest Department has objected on grounds that tribals could be attacked by wild animals, especially tigers.

Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) signs MOU with TIFAC for supporting forest based communities

The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) has signed MOU with Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC) to provide livelihood opportunities and augment income of the forest based communities. Through this collaboration, TIFAC will help ICFRE to refine and up-scale the technologies developed, take technologies to the end users including farmers, State ..

7 States fall short of Forest Rights Act implementation

The government has asked seven states- Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand, to effectively implement the Forest Rights Act. The Prime Minister’s office (PMO) has asked these states to implement Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act in campaign mode. The analysis of monthly progress reports of these ..

2012 World Business and Development Award to “ITC” at Rio+20

ITC Limited bagged the 2012 World Business and Development Award at the Rio+20 UN Summit at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. · The award has been conferred on ITC in recognition to ITC’s transformational rural initiatives in social and farm forestry programs in India. · ITC’s social and farm forestry programs offer sustainable livelihoods to rural ..