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India Playing a Leadership Role in Wildlife Management by Involving Local Communities: Dr. Harsh Vardhan India Hosts Global Wildlife Programme to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade


Delhi 
In an attempt to address illegal wildlife trade across 19 countries of Asia and Africa, is hosting the Global Wildlife Programme (GWP) jointly with World Bank and United Nations Development Programme. Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan will inaugurate the Global Wildlife Programme on October 2. Briefing mediapersons on the Global Wildlife Programme here today, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that is playing a leadership role in management of wildlife through involvement of local communities. Pointing out that no programme can succeed solely because of Government policies, the Minister said that peoples participation at societal level can ensure its success. Five crore people living around national parks and sanctuaries are working as partners in environment conservation", Dr. Harsh Vardhan said. The Minister pointed out that a 15-year National Wildlife Action Plan (2017-31), with a special focus on peoples participation will also be launched on October 2. He emphasised that the Conference will act as a platform for knowledge exchange and coordination on the action taken on the ground to combat illegal poaching of wildlife and improve governance on wildlife conservation. Dr. Harsh Vardhan underlined the fact that the number of rhinos, tigers and elephants is in fact, increasing.

The Minister said that till now programmes and plans related to wildlife were focused on and around national parks and sanctuaries. However, the strategy and programmes will now be based on the landscape of the region. He added that the impact of such issues as global warming, climate change and disaster management on the people living around wildlife areas and on the wildlife will also be discussed.

Coinciding with the Wildlife Week, the theme of the Conference is - Peoples participation in wildlife conservation". The meeting will bring about strengthened cooperation between and the 18 GWP countries in better management of wildlife habitats and minimizing human-wildlife conflict situations. It will also enable to strengthen its enforcement mechanism to control illicit trade.

The GWP will hold discussions on management of wildlife habitat, securing sustainable community livelihood, enhancing enforcement, monitoring, cooperation to reduce wildlife crimes such as poaching and related threats. The Conference will provide an opportunity for to showcase its conservation efforts through joint forest management, vana sanrakshan samitis, eco-development committees in and around Protected Areas.

The proposed outcomes of New Delhi Conference include: Reiterating Mahatma Gandhi principles to the world, as the Conference coincides with Gandhi Jayanti and UN International Day of Non- Violence on October 2, 2017; Take leadership in Wildlife Conservation by showcasing Indias conservation models for Asiatic lion, single horn rhino, tiger and Asiatic elephants; Consolidating peoples participation for wildlife conservation"; Need to strongly address unaccounted black money generated through illegal wildlife trade at global market; Sensitise stakeholders like Governments, corporate, banks, public sectors, media, youth etc for investments in wildlife conservation and develop sustainable models for wildlife conservation thorough peoples participation in 19 GWP countries.

The meeting will host wildlife experts, leading practitioners across 19 GWP countries, government representatives from Indias forestry and conservation sectors, leading corporate associated with environmental and biodiversity conservation, civil society organisations and school children. The participating nations include Afghanistan, Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Philippines, Republic of Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In addition, representatives of World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will also be present. Earlier, four similar Programmes had been convened at Gland (Switzerland), Hanoi (Vietnam), Nairobi (Kenya) and Liberville (Gabon). Led by the World Bank, the Global Wildlife Programme was initiated in 2015.

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http://www.business-standard.com/article/government-press-release/india-playing-a-leadership-role-in-wildlife-management-by-involving-local-117092900652_1.html

Communist Kerala seeks 200 Gir cows from Gujarat

| TNN | Updated: Sep 28, 2017, 10:15 IST

Highlights

  • Left Democratic Front government of Kerala is trying to strike a deal with BJP-led Gujarat, to procure Gir cows for a breeding centre.
  • Andhra Pradesh, is also mulling over setting up a milch animal breeding centre and has sought Gir cows and Jafrabadi buffaloes from Gujarat.
  • The Gir cow breed is indigenous to the Gir forest and surrounding regions in Saurashtra and is known for its high milk yield.
Andhra Pradesh also wants Gir cows, Jaffrabadi buffaloes.
Andhra Pradesh also wants Gir cows, Jaffrabadi buffaloes.


AHMEDABAD: Despite political temperatures in Kerala rising with clashes between RSS and Communist workers, the Left Democratic Front government of Kerala is trying to strike a deal with BJP-led Gujarat, to procure Gir cows for a breeding centre.

Another southern state, Andhra Pradesh, is also mulling over setting up a milch animal breeding centre and has sought Gir cows and Jafrabadi buffaloes from Gujarat.

The Gir cow breed is indigenous to the Gir forest and surrounding regions in Saurashtra and is known for its high milk yield.

The government of Kerala has sought 200 Gir cows from the Gujarat government as part of its efforts to make the southern state self-sufficient in milk production. A delegation led by K Raju, the Kerala minister for forests, animal husbandry and zoos, recently met Babu Bokhiria, the Gujarat minister of animal husbandry and cow breeding, seeking Gir cows for a breeding centre.

Considering, the menace of gau rakshaks (cow protectors), the Kerala government has also sought assurances of safe passage through Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Bokhiria confirmed that a Kerala delegation had met him with the proposal. "A minister from Kerala had come to meet me, seeking around 200 cows. But they are yet to put forward a final proposal. We cannot sell the cows, but we could give them for free. They, may, however procure the cows from private persons," Bokhiria said.

The Kerala minister, K Raju, said also confirmed that they had sought cows for a breeding centre.

"We have sent a proposal to the Gujarat government regarding Gir cows. We sent the minutes of the Kerala government cabinet meeting to the minister there (in Gujarat)," said Raju.

About the menace of gau rakshaks, he said, "We will definitely take up the issue with the Maharashtra government for safe passage. We are not going to transfer too large a number of cows so there will not be much difficulty."

Similarly, Gir cows and Jafrabadi buffaloes from Gujarat will also soon moo in Chandrababu Naidu's Andhra Pradesh, under its 'Gokul Gram' project. The AP government will set up a breeding and research centre for cows and buffaloes for which AP officials recently met Gujarat ministers, said Vallabh Kathiria, chairman of Gujarat Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/communist-kerala-seeks-200-gir-cows-from-gujarat/articleshow/60862159.cms

This Diwali, take a wild ride with your family!

ANI |   Sep 26,2017 , 02:01 PM IST

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The oft-trodden paths of popular tourist destinations can often be too crowded and too cliche to become the kind of amazing and memorable vacation you wish to share with your family.

The festive season is a time for togetherness and to make memories that last forever - which is unlikely to be accomplished by waiting in long queues, straining to see some sights over the shoulders of strangers, or having to lift up your child so he or she can understand why thousands are straining to look at the same faraway object or sight.

How are you meant to make this time about your family when you have to share this time with so many other people? Haven't you sometimes wished while on vacation that you were the only people there?

What you need is a change in destination. There are many wonderful places to see, especially in a country as vast and varied as India. Offbeat tourist destinations offer beautiful tourist experiences, while adding to it the feeling of adventure and thrill that comes when you take the road less travelled.
Exploring some beautiful places together and sharing the experience adds to the feeling of being part of a family. Children are also more enthused when they learn about and see things that they have never experienced or heard of before.

Here is a list of some natural parks and reserves in India by Jayanth Sharma, Co-founder & CEO at Toehold that are packed with fun for the whole family and will fulfill your desire for a great Diwali vacation.

-Ranthambore: This vacation, instead of splurging on royal heritage hotels or opulent villas in Rajasthan, head to Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve. Well known for sightings of tigers, you can also spot sloth bears, leopards, and jackals in their natural habitats.

Spotting exotic species and engaging in wildlife photography in this vast natural reserve offers an unmatched travel experience. If spending a day chasing wildlife makes the children restless, you can spend the next day at the Wild Dragon Adventure Park. Overlooking the beautiful lakes and hills of this pristine reserve, it is a perfect spot for kids (and adults!) to enjoy activities such as bungee jumping, zorbing balls, riptide rides, and a haunted house, amongst many other exciting rides for the adrenaline junkies.

- Bandhavgarh and Kanha: You don't have to travel all the way to Africa to experience the pleasure of an elephant safari. The Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh offers a scintillating mist-laden journey through the heart of the tiger's habitat, all centred around a haunting 2,000 year old fort, said to have been gifted by Lord Ram to his brother Lakshman.

The neighbouring Kanha natural reserve, the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, showcases no less than a 1,000 species of flowering plants, and is spotted by lush grassland meadows which are frequented by the pride of the jungle, the 'barasingha' or swamp deer. Children will find it exciting to be gamboling across paths traveled by Mowgli, and potentially spot a Royal Bengal Tiger.

- Kaziranga: A UNESCO world heritage site, Kaziranga National Park in Assam hosts two-thirds of the world's one-horned rhinoceros. While Assam is well-known for its sprawling lush tea gardens, this reserve showcases its rich natural heritage and gorgeous forestland.

The park is home to wild water buffalos, swampdeers, tigers, elephants, hog badgers, capped langurs, hoolock gibbons, wild boars, jackals, wild buffalos, pythons, and monitor lizards. Gift your child a rewarding experience by opting for an elephant safari to explore the sanctuary, and capture on film the rare sights of Indian rhinos and Asiatic elephants.

- Gir: Gir is famous for being the only natural habitat still in existence for the Asiatic lion. On a safari at the Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, you can also spot other elusive wild species such as blackbuck, chinkara, wild boar, and hyenas.

The forest houses a network of pristine rivers and rivulets that supply freshwater to this dry teak forest, and to the resident species which include the Indian cobra, the Ruddy mongoose, the striped hyena, and the honey badger. The beautiful flora, grasslands and rocky hills combined with a thriving wildlife population makes Gir a unique travel getaway with family and friends.

- Jim Corbett: The Jim Corbett National Park is located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand and offers one of India's greatest wildlife and eco-tourist retreats. From large elephant herds grazing on the sunny grasslands to tigers resting in the shade, Asia's first natural reserve has something for all wildlife lovers.

Get set for a magical safari with kids and also enjoy fishing, angling, river rafting, rock climbing, river crossing and traversing. Don't be so busy looking for the tiger that you miss out on the wide variety of bird species -Jim Corbett National Park is home to over 500species of birds such as brown dipper, wall creepers, white-capped water redstarts, gray-headed fish-eagle, plumbous and many species of wagtails.

http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Life-Style/2017-09-26/This-Diwali-take-a-wild-ride-with-your-family/329125

Wait for Lion Safari at Nahargarh Biological Park in Jaipur to continue

The government has dropped the plan to bring lions from Gujarat.
| September 26, 2017 | Last Updated:
September 26, 2017 4:17 pm

cubs of lioness tejika Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje introduces 3 cubs littered by Asiatic lioness Tejika at Nahargarh Biological Park to her followers on Twitter.

Jaipur: The lion safari planned for Nahargarh Biological Park in Jaipur may take at least one more year to materialize.
The government has dropped the plan to bring lions from Gujarat and has instead decided to use Asiatic lioness – Tejika and her three newborn cubs at Nahargarh zoological park for lion safari.
The state safaris are known for tigers and panthers however with the advent of the lion safari, people will also get to see the king of the jungle roaming in the forest. This will be the first of its kind safari in the state. Animal lovers though will need to wait for another year for this to happen.

There’s a 22 feet long wall planned surrounding the lion safari. There are will cover 36 hectares including 10 caves and 3 water bodies.
The Nahargarh Biological Park encompasses an area of 720 hectares of which 80 hectares is covered by the zoological park. The 22 feet long wall will comprise of 5 feet of the concrete wall while the rest of it will be fenced boundaries. Tejika lioness in Nahargarh has recently given birth to three cubs and the family will be moved to the lion park.
The Nahargarh sanctuary is located about 12 km from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Delhi highway and is famous for its vast flora and fauna along with its conservation activities.
At Nahargarh Biological Park, one can expect to see over 285 species of birds, of which, the most popular is the white-naped tit, which can only be found here. The Nahargarh Zoological Park is also worth a visit and houses animals such as Asiatic lions, Bengal tigers, panthers, hyenas, wolves, deer, crocodiles, sloth bear, Himalayan black bear, wild boar, etc.
Nahargarh Biological Park: one cub of lioness Tejika dies, another battles for life

https://www.pinkcitypost.com/wait-lion-safari-nahargarh-biological-park-jaipur-continue/

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Just Committed $1 Million to Help Save Endangered Lions!


September 26, 2017

Yes! The Wildlife Conservation Network announced a $1 million commitment from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) to the Lion Recovery Fund (LRF). Recently, Leonardo DiCaprio announced that the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation will award $20 million in grants to more than 100 environmental organizations that focus on a variety of causes. The announcement to commit $1 million to the Lion Recovery Fund is part of the grant portfolio.
LRF was created by the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) to help recover lions across Africa. LRF will work to create lion protection units to help combat the poaching of lions, as well as a community engagement project to train local communities to use camera traps to document the presence and abundance of lions and other wildlife.
“Lions are a keystone species and play a critical role in African ecosystems. Recovering them means the protection and restoration of Africa’s extraordinary biodiversity that drives a $34 billion tourism economy,” said Justin Winters, Executive Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
Lions once roamed most of Africa and parts of Asia and Europe. However, today they are found only in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, except for one very small population of Asian lions that survives in India’s Gir Forest. According to WCN, lion populations have seen a precipitous decline from 200,000 to just over 20,000, over the last century. What’s more, thousands of other lions and wild cats are held captive, either in the entertainment industry where they are often abused and neglected, such as in circuseszoos, and parks. Or they’re captured from the wild and held in people’s backyards as exotic pets. In fact, there are more tigers in people’s backyards than there are in the wild.
The king of the jungle, lions are the only cats that live in family units, and they have been revered throughout history for their courage and strength. We are thrilled to know lions have Leonardo DiCaprio on their side.

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/leonardo-dicaprio-commits-million-to-help-lions/

This Diwali, take a wild ride with your family!

This Diwali, take a wild ride with your family!
This Diwali, take a wild ride with your family!
The oft-trodden paths of popular tourist destinations can often be too crowded and too cliche to become the kind of amazing and memorable vacation you wish to share with your family.
The festive season is a time for togetherness and to make memories that last forever - which is unlikely to be accomplished by waiting in long queues, straining to see some sights over the shoulders of strangers, or having to lift up your child so he or she can understand why thousands are straining to look at the same faraway object or sight.
How are you meant to make this time about your family when you have to share this time with so many other people? Haven't you sometimes wished while on vacation that you were the only people there?
What you need is a change in destination. There are many wonderful places to see, especially in a country as vast and varied as India. Offbeat tourist destinations offer beautiful tourist experiences, while adding to it the feeling of adventure and thrill that comes when you take the road less travelled.
Exploring some beautiful places together and sharing the experience adds to the feeling of being part of a family. Children are also more enthused when they learn about and see things that they have never experienced or heard of before.
Here is a list of some natural parks and reserves in India by Jayanth Sharma, Co-founder & CEO at Toehold that are packed with fun for the whole family and will fulfill your desire for a great Diwali vacation.
-Ranthambore: This vacation, instead of splurging on royal heritage hotels or opulent villas in Rajasthan, head to Ranthambore National Park and Tiger Reserve. Well known for sightings of tigers, you can also spot sloth bears, leopards, and jackals in their natural habitats.
Spotting exotic species and engaging in wildlife photography in this vast natural reserve offers an unmatched travel experience. If spending a day chasing wildlife makes the children restless, you can spend the next day at the Wild Dragon Adventure Park. Overlooking the beautiful lakes and hills of this pristine reserve, it is a perfect spot for kids (and adults!) to enjoy activities such as bungee jumping, zorbing balls, riptide rides, and a haunted house, amongst many other exciting rides for the adrenaline junkies.
- Bandhavgarh and Kanha: You don't have to travel all the way to Africa to experience the pleasure of an elephant safari. The Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh offers a scintillating mist-laden journey through the heart of the tiger's habitat, all centred around a haunting 2,000 year old fort, said to have been gifted by Lord Ram to his brother Lakshman.
The neighbouring Kanha natural reserve, the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, showcases no less than a 1,000 species of flowering plants, and is spotted by lush grassland meadows which are frequented by the pride of the jungle, the 'barasingha' or swamp deer. Children will find it exciting to be gamboling across paths traveled by Mowgli, and potentially spot a Royal Bengal Tiger.
- Kaziranga: A UNESCO world heritage site, Kaziranga National Park in Assam hosts two-thirds of the world's one-horned rhinoceros. While Assam is well-known for its sprawling lush tea gardens, this reserve showcases its rich natural heritage and gorgeous forestland.
The park is home to wild water buffalos, swampdeers, tigers, elephants, hog badgers, capped langurs, hoolock gibbons, wild boars, jackals, wild buffalos, pythons, and monitor lizards. Gift your child a rewarding experience by opting for an elephant safari to explore the sanctuary, and capture on film the rare sights of Indian rhinos and Asiatic elephants.
- Gir: Gir is famous for being the only natural habitat still in existence for the Asiatic lion. On a safari at the Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, you can also spot other elusive wild species such as blackbuck, chinkara, wild boar, and hyenas.
The forest houses a network of pristine rivers and rivulets that supply freshwater to this dry teak forest, and to the resident species which include the Indian cobra, the Ruddy mongoose, the striped hyena, and the honey badger. The beautiful flora, grasslands and rocky hills combined with a thriving wildlife population makes Gir a unique travel getaway with family and friends.

https://in.news.yahoo.com/diwali-wild-ride-family-122700316.html

Monday, September 25, 2017

‘Cow vigilantes pose threat to Kerala’s white revolution plans’

The procurement of high breed cows from other parts of the country is essential to achieve the target and depending solely on local breeds would not help do so, the minister added.

By: PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:September 24, 2017 4:40 pm
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Cow vigilantes pose a threat to Kerala’s plans to achieve self-sufficiency in milk production, the state’s Animal Husbandry Minister said. The southern state had put on hold its ambitious project to bring 200 Gir cows, a high-yielding species, from Gujarat following apprehensions about transporting it by road because of the reported presence of ‘gau rakshaks’. State Minister for Forests, Animal Husbandry and Zoos K Raju said Kerala had planned to procure the Gir breed as part of its efforts to boost milk production.
Not just from Gujarat, but procurement of cows from other states has also been hit hard by the possible threat of mob violence in the name of protecting cows, he said.
“We have not abandoned our plan to procure Gir cows from Gujarat. It is under active consideration. But, we have put it on hold due to the risk of transporting the cows,” Raju told PTI.
Known for their yield, Gir cows belong to the Gir forest region and surrounding districts of Saurashtra region of Gujarat. The ability to withstand hot climates make the high-quality breed a favourite of farmers.
Kerala was planning to procure as many as 200 cows by paying over Rs one lakh for each bovine.
Raju said he had recently visited Gujarat and met the minister concerned to discuss the plan.
“The authorities in the state had responded positively. The availability of cows was also not an issue. Our plan was to go to the villages there and procure cows directly from farmers,” the minister said.
The Gujarat authorities had ensured safe transportation of the cows within the state borders, he said.
“But, we have to travel through other states, including Maharashtra, before reaching Kerala. It will be very risky to transport the cows through this distance in the wake of reports about the presence of cow vigilantes,” he said.
He said despite the threats, the state wished to go ahead with the project and necessary steps would be taken in this regard soon.
Stating that cow vigilantism had hit Kerala’s prospects in milk production, the minister said it should be stopped at the earliest.
“Lakhs of people are earning a living rearing cattle in the country. The threat from gau rakshaks has badly affected their livelihood. It has also hit the state’s plan to achieve self-sufficiency in milk production,” he said.
The procurement of high breed cows from other parts of the country is essential to achieve the target and depending solely on local breeds would not help do so, the minister added.
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/cow-vigilantes-pose-threat-to-keralas-white-revolution-plans-4859023/