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India submits proposals to boost to protection status of 5 wildlife species at CITES. Where headquarters of CITES

India has recently submitted proposals regarding changes to the listing of five wildlife species viz. smooth-coated otter, small-clawed otter, Indian star tortoise, Tokay gecko, wedgefish and Indian rosewood in the CITES secretariat meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. The species are facing two threats: loss of habitat to agriculture and illegal harvesting for the pet trade. Hence, ..

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Red Sanders Anti-Smuggling Task Force (RSASTF)

Red Sanders (Pterocarpus santalinus), which has been classified as endangered in 1997 in IUCN red-list is endemic to forests of Seshachalam, Veliganda, Lankamala and Palakonda hill range distributed in districts of Kadapa, Chittur and Nellore of Andhra Pradesh. It is also found in some isolated parts of Tamil Nadu. To curb the menace of its ..

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Nilambur Teak

Nilambur teak which is grown in Nilambur region of Kerala is also known as Malabar teak and the Mecca of Teak. It was accorded Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the Geographical Indication (GI) Registry in 2017. It is the first forest produce to get GI tag Britishers were first to identify the superior and unique ..

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