Chhattisgarh — A Neglected Area on Ecological Research

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Chhattisgarh State, lying in the Vindhyan hill regions and Deccan plateau in central India, has over 44% of its land area under forests and is rich in biodiversity. 7.8 Million indigenous and tribal communities eke out their livelihood from these forests and biological resources. These forests are also the origin of major rivers – Mahanadi, Indravati and Narmada. Chhattisgarh has three national parks, eleven wildlife sanctuaries and three tiger reserves, and has endangered fauna like Wild Buffalo (Babulus babulis arnee)Read More

Supreme Court Calls for New Standards for Endangered Species Conservation

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A slightly different version of this article appeared in the Hindu dated May 7, 2013.

The recent Supreme Court judgment on lions (Centre for Environmental Law WWF-1 v. Union of India and others, Supreme Court, 2013) has called for completely new standards for endangered species conservation to be set in the country. It has asked for lions to be re-introduced to Madhya Pradesh (Intervention Application 100, Biodiversity Conservation Trust of India through Faiyaz Khudsar in writ petition 337, 1995). It … Read More

Wild Buffaloes Sighted in Kamalapur Forest Range, Maharashta

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Eight wild buffaloes in two groups were spotted in Kamalapur Forest Range in Nagpur, by veteran wildlife expert, Mahendrasignh Chouhan. The group had two calves indicating a breeding population. Wild buffaloes are facing extinction and are listed under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. There are demands to declare the area as a buffalo sanctuary. The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, SK Khetrapal, however is not keen on the idea as the area is Naxal infested making … Read More