CI campaigns ends with over 3000 people writing to the Minister of Environment, Forests & Climate Change
10th Sept 2014
CI wishes to thank over 3000 concerned citizens who wrote to the Minister of Environment, Forests & Climate Change urging him to constitute a credible National Board for Wildlife. As part of a physical letter, CI has compiled the names of all the signatories and sent it to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, who chairs the NBWL, with a copy to the Minister of Environment & Forests. Thanks for your ongoing support!
Watch this space for further updates on this campaign.
Campaign Update -- Ministry Reopens Project
10th June 2014
June 10, 2014: In an alarming development, India’s new Union Minister of Environment and Forests, Prakash Javadekar, of the recently elected National Democratic Alliance (NDA), has cleared a proposal from the Coast Guard to set up a RADAR station on Narcondam Island in the Bay of Bengal. The tiny Island, part of the Andaman and Nicobar Island group, is the only home of the endemic Narcondam hornbill. It is located close to Coco Island, part of Myanmar territory, where China is said to have set up a listening post. The Coast Guard’s proposal had earlier been rejected by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government.
- Green nod for radar station at Narcondam in Andamans
- Government clears counter-China move in Andamans
- Environment minister Prakash Javadekar clears Karwar Naval Base project
It should be noted that in February 2012, Dr. Asad R Rahmani, Director, Bombay Natural History Society, made a site visit on behalf of the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL), a high-level statutory advisory body of the Government, and strongly recommended rejection of the proposal, as it posed a grave threat to the only population of Narcondam hornbills in the world. This was unanimously supported by the other Independent Members of the NBWL at the Standing Committee meeting held on 13 June 2012. Based on the objections, the project was scrapped by the previous UPA Government in November 2012.
In another significant development, Narcondam has been placed on the tentative list of World Heritage sites for its outstanding universal natural value. Any development on this 6.8 sq km island could be devastating to its flora and fauna, particularly its unique hornbills. It is hoped that our collective opinion will persuade the Indian government to find an alternative location for the RADAR station.
Pulicat Bird Sanctuary, spanning northern Tamilnadu and southern Andhra Pradesh is the 2nd largest brackish water ecosystem in India. Hundreds of thousands of migratory waterfowl throng the lake from October to April, including large numbers of Greater and Lesser Flamingos. Efforts are underway through national conservation bodies such as Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural history (SACON) to declare it as a wetland of international importance and obtain for it the status of … Read More
Another season draws to a close with no killings in Nagaland!
17th Nov 2014
This year, as in 2013, the migration of the Amur Falcons continues in full swing along the Doyang reservoir, Nagaland. There continues to be no killings reported so far! The government, the forest department, local NGOs and, not the least, the local communities have extended their conservation efforts for the second year running to ensure there are no trapping of the birds. This season, the local community demonstrated more ownership by creating the Amur Falcon Roosting Areas Union (AFRAU), which setup check posts and carried out patrolling during the migratory season. Earlier, the forest department along with the local community built a couple of watchtowers overlooking strategic parts of the Doyang reservior to offer great and uninterrupted views of the falcon congregations!
Nagaland chief minister T.R. Zeliang who visited the area on Nov 9th said that the roosting area of the Amur Falcons had the potential to become one of the best tourist spots not only in Nagaland but also in the country. There has been initiatives to develop ecotourism in these villages to try and create a livelihood for erstwhile hunters. Several community members have created “homestays” to cater to the trickle of tourists, wildlife photographers and filmmakers who came visiting this season.
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Campaign Update 17th June 2013
CI is pleased to inform you that Rajasthan, the largest stronghold of the Great Indian Bustard, became the first state to announce a plan to recover its critically endangered state bird bird. On June 5th, the state announced a Rs. 12 crore ‘Project Great Indian Bustard’, which is to be initiated this year.
We applaud the government of Rajasthan for its momentous decision, and hope that other GIB range states will follow its lead.
MOEF Committee rejects project.
The road proposal, whose ecological damages CI highlighted in this campaign, was unanimously and strongly rejected by all members of the MOEF constituted Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) on June 6th, 2013. The project was rejected on grounds that it was having a serious impact on the wildlife of the fragile Kutch region particularly the nesting site of flamingoes.