Biodiversity

  • Ousteri lake is the largest water body in the Puducherry region. Every year, the lake provides irrigation and tourism benefits worth Rs 11.5 million and Rs 5.72 million respectively and plays a crucial role in recharging groundwater aquifers. The lake is also a resting ground for...
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  • "The world has enough for everyone's needs, but not enough for everyone's greed”--Mahatma Gandhi  India has a vast coastline, and hence, it supports a thriving fisheries sector. Although available in abundance, this renewable source of food can collapse rapidly due to unchecked, mechani...
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  • In the afternoons these days, Basai wears a deserted look. Known as a bird’s delight and privileged by the protected status of a national park, the wetland is located just eight kilometres from Sultanpur bird sanctuary in Gurugram in Haryana. No birds can be spotted foraging the soil of the Basai ...
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  • One of the tributaries of the Yamuna, the Ken, is a major river of the Bundelkhand region of central India and flows through two states, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. River Ken regulates groundwater recharge and provides vegetation found on its banks. It is also flush with fish and the...
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  • In our effort to make space for infrastructural developments, India's green cover is declining at an alarming rate. The overall mangrove cover in the country stands at 4,740 sq. km., which is 0.14 sq. km of India’s overall geographical area.  Mangroves provide the ideal space for breedi...
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  • Increasingly in both academic and social sectors, sustainable development goals (SDGs) are being quoted often and set as targets. Coming close on the heels of the marginal success of millennium development goals or MDGs with its target as 2015, SDGs were set by the United Nations to be fulfilled by ...
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  • NGT has ordered states to maintain environmental flow of 15-20 percent in rivers All the states have been directed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to maintain a minimum environmental flow of 15 to 20 percent of the average lean season course in their rivers. Moreover, the states have also been...
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  • Fishing trawlers symbolise industrial-scale fishing which is lucrative in the present day market. These machines that catch fish in huge numbers are said to be a boon to the sector’s economy but a closer look at the figures show that these modes of mass fishing may not be as efficient as they may ...
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  • Floods are generally considered destructive but in some cases, overflowing rivers have the potential to create wetlands. These wetlands can serve as agreeable landscapes that turn resourceful due to the multiple functions it can host. The Kanwar Lake in Bihar is a striking example of this shared, al...
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  • Illegal slums on Maharashtra mudflats cause loss to state According to a new study--Effect of water pollution and encroachment on tourism potential of eco sensitive area: Case of Mahul Creek--the state is losing more than Rs 200 crore annually in tourism because of 60,000 slums that have illegally ...
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  • Out of 4,862 large dams in the country, only 349 have disaster plans in place: CAG report According to a performance audit report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the flood control and management scheme, out of the 4,862 large dams in the country, only 349 have emergency disaste...
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  • Over a span of five decades, eight mammal species have become locally extinct in Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, a study has revealed.  Many species of wild animals including tiger, leopard, blackbuck, smooth-coated otter, leopard cat, Indian fox and Hanuman langur have become locally ext...
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  • How often does one get to experience a terrain that is as dramatically transformative as The Little Rann of Kutch? With changing seasons, it adorns itself with different landscapes, thus, completely shifting shape, its functions and appeal.  The Little Rann of Kutch (LRK), a salt marsh in Guja...
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  • In a country as diverse as India where the mountain meets the ocean and deserts blend into forests, one hallmark of beauty that is often left out of the travel catalogues is the outstanding Loktak lake in Manipur.  Spread over 469 sq. km. in the northeastern state of Manipur, the Loktak wetlan...
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  • Panna locals stand against Ken-Betwa river link Under the banner of Panna Parivartan Manch, the people of Madhya Pradesh's Panna district are opposing the river link between Ken and Betwa rivers. According to the protesters, the project will be disastrous for the district, particularly the Panna Na...
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  • The devastating flood in 2015 in the Kashmir valley affected more than 2.5 lakh houses and displaced about 5.5 lakh people. The economic loss was massive.   Many researchers and experts believe that careful conservation and protection of the lakes, ponds and wetlands in the Kashmir valley coul...
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  • Uttarakhand challenges living person status to Ganga and Yamuna rivers, moves SC On the grounds that the Ganga and the Yamuna are interstate rivers, the Uttarakhand government has sought a stay from the Supreme Court on the living person status conferred to the two rivers. Earlier this year, the hi...
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  • Spanning an area of 61 sq km, the Ashtamudi lake is considered the gateway to the backwaters of Kerala. While the lake on the outside radiates with natural beauty, there is a notable treasure nesting deep within its waters--the short-neck clams. The clams are biofilters and a healthy clam popu...
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  • It’s July now and the temperature is slowly dipping in Delhi. Only a few migratory birds wintered at the Yamuna biodiversity park remain. Others have left for Central Asia and Siberia. Some species of summer terrestrial migrants are expected to arrive while some others can be seen enjoying the par...
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  • Vultures are nature’s own cleanup crew. These scavengers are known to be immensely effective in managing animal waste by feeding on animal carcasses that, otherwise, have no other ways of disintegrating quickly. Without the contribution of these birds in the ecosystem, the dangers of a slow-rottin...
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Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60 percent in the past four decades: WWF

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Wind farms reduce the number of predatory birds which in turn results in an increase in the density of vertebrates like lizards in Western Ghats.

Wind energy, considered a clean source of energy, does have a carbon footprint and is also known to disturb bird life. Now a new study done in the Western Ghats has found that wind farms in biodiversity-rich areas can have deeper ecological consequences beyond already known impacts. 

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The Himalayan wetlands are under threat due to unregulated urbanisation and unsustainable tourism. Urgent attention at the policy level is the need of the hour.

Wetlands are very important and productive ecosystems that support a wide range of plants and animals and provide livelihood opportunities to local communities in India. However, they are increasingly being threatened by rapid urbanisation, pollution, developmental interventions, unsustainable management practices and encroachment.

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Farmer Thangavel tastes success with date farming in the drought-prone region of Vidarbha.

In a drought-prone region like Vidarbha in Maharashtra, mostly in the news for water scarcity and farmer suicide, it is not every day that you hear the success story of a farmer. That's why the story of Savi Thangavel, 69, a resident of Mohegaon village which is just 22 km from Nagpur, is special. He took up date farming when nobody even thought about it and became the first successful date farmer in the region.

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What are mangroves and why are they important? Here is a simple Q&A to understand the mangrove ecosystems in India better.

This is a simple guide that lists out the most popular questions related to mangroves, to understand what they are and their ecological significance. Please click on a topic for detailed information.

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New coastal projects to ignore Olive Ridley turtles

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Wildlife Board clears Lower Demwe hydel project despite flaws in report

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Additional funds of over Rs 1,300 crore allocated to dam safety project

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A study from Uttarakhand finds that water from sacred groves conforms to all WHO standards of potability and is of better quality than water from surrounding areas.

Sacred groves are undisturbed or preserved patches of vegetation or forested areas located on the outskirts of villages, towns or plains that are conserved by communities by dedicating them to local folk deities or ancestral spirits.

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Detection and attribution in case of extreme weather events play an important role in understanding climate change better.

Every time an extreme weather event like the Kerala floods occurs, there is a great demand for information on its causes. The question uppermost in public discourse is if such events can be attributed to climate change and global warming.

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