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World Gives The Paris Climate Agreement An Official Voice

In December 2015, a record 195 countries agreed upon a historic climate deal that aims to curb the rise in global temperature within the two degree Celsius limit of the pre-industrial temperature standard.

Wildlife Tourism Pioneers Honoured At Toftigers Awards 2016

The TOFTigers Wildlife Tourism Awards 2016, in association with Sanctuary Asia, were held at a well-attended dinner on September 23, 2016, at the residence of the British High Commissioner in New Delhi. Under the Chairmanship of world-renowned wildlife cinematographer, Mike Pandey, the judging committee said they had a really difficult task honing in on the handful of awards presented. This is a good sign,…

Highlights From The CITES Meeting 2016

The Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) is underway in Johannesburg, South Africa. Called COP17, this is the largest world wildlife conference, with delegates from over 180 countries in attendance. On the agenda are 62 proposals to change CITES trade controls that affect almost 500 wild species.

Historic Call For Ban On Domestic Ivory Trade At The IUCN World Conservation Congress

Last week, at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in Hawaii that concluded on September 10, 2016, a landmark motion was agreed upon by hundreds of conservationists, decision-makers and leaders who attended the three-day event from around the world. The motion involved a call on the ban on domestic ivory trade and markets at a global scale to tackle the severe poaching…

Sundarbans Tourists Rescue Turtles

Tourists on a weekend trip to the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve in West Bengal turned wildlife rescuers when they chanced upon two olive Ridley turtles entangled in the remains of a fishing net.

More Pilot Whales Slaughtered In The Faroe Islands

For the third time this year, pilot whales have been slaughtered in the Danish Faroe Islands. The ordeal began when a pod of 40 pilot whales was reported to local authorities off Skálatoftir, on the island of Borðoy on August 26. The pod was then driven by 12 Faroese boats to Hvannasund for slaughter.

Green Tribunal Orders Demolition Of Wall Obstructing Elephant Corridor In Kaziranga

In a widely lauded judgment, India’s National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered the demolition of a wall that obstructs a wild elephant corridor near Kaziranga National Park in Assam. The wall was built by the Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL), in the No Development Zone (NDZ) around the Deopahar Proposed Reserved Forest in the state’s Golaghat District, in 2011.

Legendary Conservationist Ashok Kumar Passes On

On August 18, 2016, legendary Indian conservationist Ashok Kumar breathed his last. Aptly considered the father of the fight against wildlife crime in India, Kumar led a long and interesting life in conservation.

Maharashtra’s Mangroves Notified As Reserved Forests

About 15,000 hectares of mangrove habitat in the state of Maharashtra have been notified as Reserved Forests. However, this only includes mangroves on government land and not those that are privately owned. Mangrove areas were mapped, using satellite technology, by the Maharashtra Remote Sensing Space Applications Centre (MRSAC), after which the notification order was passed. The notified mangroves now fall under the…

Forest Connectivity Critical To Prevent Extinction, Say Scientists

Wild animals disperse or move between isolated forest fragments to maintain linkages or connectivity. But in a fast changing world, these linkages are slowly eroding. What are the implications to biodiversity when connectivity is lost? Scientists from the University of Florida and the Wildlife Conservation Society (India) examine this critical question through a review of 370 scientific articles from across the globe.