Indian tiger

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USA – Mongabay

MoEFCC expert committee gives wildlife clearance for Kaiga nuclear plant’s expansion .

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Clearing the final hurdle in the expansion of the capacity of the Kaiga Atomic power plant in Karwar area of Karnataka, an expert wildlife panel led by the Indian government’s environment minister Prakash Javadekar has recommended wildlife clearance to it. 

The project related to setting up of pressurised heavy water reactor-based nuclear power plant with installed capacity of 1,400 megawatt (MW) comprising of two units of 700 MW each in the existing premises of 54.09 hectares at Kaiga plant located 1.30 kilometres away from the boundary of the Kali Tiger Reserve got the go-ahead in the meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Board for Wildlife (SC-NBWL) on August 29, 2019.

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The Indian government meets demands of the NTCA, the Indian tiger authority and is allowed to expand a nuclear power plant, two kilometers away from tiger reserve.

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Satyamangalam Tiger Reserve

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India – The Hindu

Down To Zero: STR’s Shrinking Buffer Zone.

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Satyamangalam Tiger Reserve that registered the highest growth in tiger numbers in the country the last four years, will have no eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) or at the most just one kilometre, around its boundary.

According to a draft notification, the extent of ESZ varies from zero to one kilometer around the tiger reserve, and activists in the western region are alike in their opinion that the reduction of ESZ from the default 10 km radius to zero kilometre was to help the mining lobby.

Commentary

India has 50 protected tiger areas. Those areas have buffer zones or eco sensitive zones – to protect people and tigers. These zones are often quite large.

So if there is no such zone, you hear alarm bells – as is the case with the Satyamangalam Tiger Reserve.

The buffer zones are shrinking and guess what? They appear to be interesting for the Indian mining cooperations. But why should a dedicated forest department give up much needed buffer zones? All signals point to corruption.

NGOs warn us that a valuable tiger reserve is at stake.

They need support to be heard. You can help them.

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Telangana tiger

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India – New Indian Express

Telangana State Board For Wildlife Member Claims Govt Suppressed Information.

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In a shocking development, a Telangana State Board for Wildlife (SBWL) member, Imran Siddiqui, has accused the State government of suppressing information from the TSBWL regarding involvement of drilling of boreholes as part of uranium exploration in the Amrabad Tiger Reserve of Nallamala forests.
 

Siddiqui, the founder of tiger conservation NGO Hyderabad Tiger Conservation Society (HyTiCoS), said that the SBWL was basically fooled into giving the clearance for uranium exploration by the Atomic Minerals Directorate during its meeting held in December 2016.

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A new light on the role of the Telangana State government: a Telangana State Board for Wildlife (SBWL) member, Imran Siddiqui, has accused the State government of suppressing information about the drilling of boreholes.

This leads to the question: did the Telangana State government lie to get a go-ahead for the uranium mining?

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Uranium tiger

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India – The Times Of India

In Tiger Country, Tribals, Greens Cry Foul Over Uranium Mining.

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What is more valuable to India and its youngest state – Telangana – tigers or uranium?
 
It is this question that Uranium Corporation of India (UCIL) on the one hand, and environmentalists and tribals on the other hand are fighting over in India’s second biggest tiger reserve at Amrabad in Telangana. It is a classic case of conserving environment and precious biodiversity versus exploitation of equally precious resources.
 
Spread over 2,800 sq km, about 150 km from Hyderabad, the reserve has an estimated 23 tigers according to the latest figures announced recently by National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). The authority believes that the reserve has room for at least another 20 tigers. But amid this lush green Eden, UCIL has also found among the largest reserves of one of the most precious elements in the world – Uranium.
 
They are conducting surveys in 83 square km within the reserve.

Commentary

An Indian newspaper is opening a discussion: are tigers or uranium more important to India?

But this whole article is nonsens. Tiger reserves are meant to preserve the national animal of India. They are the heart and soul of Indian society. India thinks this is important and created laws to make sure the Indian tiger reserves are protected.

To start mining in Indian reserves is to stab a dagger into the heart of India and to darken the soul of Indian people forever.

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Palamau tiger reserve

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India – The Wire

Jharkhand: Almost 3.5 Lakh Trees To Be Felled In Palamu Tiger Reserve

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Around 3.44 lakh trees will be felled to make way for a dam in Jharkhand’s Palamu Tiger Reserve.

According to Hindustan Times, the state’s water resource department has already received permission to chop the trees for the North Koel reservoir, also known as Mandal dam. The department deposited Rs 461 crore with the forest department.

The environment ministry of the Government of India approved the diversion of 1,000 hectares of forest land for the revival of the dam in August 2017. The clearance includes felling of trees in the buffer area of the Palamu reserve. Approvals have been given for major development projects in other tiger reserves of the country also.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India acted like he is the big man of tiger conservation when he presented the All India Tiger Census 2018 – with beautiful progress.

But more and more signs come in that the Indian government is making decisions that jeopardize precious tiger conservation efforts in protected and unprotected tiger reserves.

Now in Jharkhand state the government approved the chopping of hundreds of thousands trees, also in Palamau Tiger Reserve, for the construction of a dam.

People need to know.

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Telenanga tiger

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India – Telangana Today

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Uranium Mining In Telangana Forests: Impact Report Under Way.

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The proposals for exploratory drilling for eventual possible mining of uranium in Nallamala forests in the State, in two blocks of forest covering 83 square kilometres, appear to be moving forward with field level officers of the Forest Department tasked with preparing reports on tree cover, existence of roads and presence of wild animals in the identified areas.

It may be recalled that an in-principle approval was given for exploratory drilling for uranium this past May by Union Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change in an area of seven square kilometres. in two blocks of 3 and 4 square kilometres

Commentary

The State Government of Telangana wants to push mining of uranium despite all environmental destruction – even in protected tiger core areas (Amrabad Tiger Reserve).

When are politicians going to learn to respect nature – the foundation of all life?

Stop the mining in Telangana forests!


 

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Kerinci tiger habitat

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USA/Indonesia – Mongabay

A Tiger Refuge In Sumatra Gets A Reprieve From Road Building.

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The rainforests that once carpeted Indonesia’s Sumatra Island are among the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems, home to iconic species like the Sumatran tiger, rhino and orangutan. They are also among the most imperiled; in just two decades, between 1990 and 2010, Sumatra lost 40 percent of its old-growth forest. The tigers, rhinos and orangutans that roamed those forests are now critically endangered.

Much of the intact forest that remains is protected, at least nominally, in a series of National Parks, and, since 2004, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra (TRHS).

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Indonesia has to do so much more to save its top tiger reserve Kerinci Seblat.

This article gives an excellent insight on how a beautiful nature area is being wasted by agriculture, logging, mining and poaching.

Please step up Indonesia!

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Bhutan

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Hong Kong – Asian Sentinel

Massive Dam Complex Threatens Bhutan’s Philosophy

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The kingdom of Bhutan, whose now-abdicated monarch Jigme Singy Wangchuk won the admiration of the world’s environmentalists by weaving sustainable development, environmental and cultural preservation and good governance into his governing philosophy, now has raised alarms because of a plan to dam numerous rivers and export the power to neighboring countries as a method of lifting the kingdom out of poverty. 

The regime in the capital Thimpu governs one of Asia’s most intriguing countries, with its snow-dipped Himalayan mountains, maroon-robed monks, given the formerly absolute monarch’s voluntary decision to bequeath democracy to his people and the plan to measure well-being through what Jigme called Gross National Happiness rather than development – until now. 

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Strong rumors of a dam being built in the jungles of Bhutan are getting stronger.

Will Bhutan, where the now-abdicated monarch Jigme Singy Wangchuk won the admiration of the world’s environmentalists by weaving sustainable development, environmental and cultural preservation and good governance into his governing philosophy, going to wreck its precious ecosystems?

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high court bangladesh

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Bangladesh – DD News

Bangladesh HC Allows Setting Up Factories In ‘Ecological Critical Area’ Around Sundarbans.

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High Court in Bangladesh has allowed setting up of factories near the Ecologically Critical Area (ECA) of Sundarbans. In an order issued on Tuesday, the court asked the government to provide environmental clearance to three companies for setting up LPG bottling plants in Mongla industrial area near the Sundarbans. The HC said that the number of industries that can be set up in the ECA will be decided by the government.

An area of 10 kilometres within the world’s largest mangrove forest at Sundarban was declared Ecologically critical area by the government in 1999 but many industries have come up in this area over a period of time.

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In support of the Bangladesh government the Bangladesh High Court allows setting up factories near the Sundarbans.

With this decision not only it allows more industries to affect the Sundarbans, the worlds largest mangrove forest and the lungs of Bangladesh, it also sends out the wrong signal as it rewards other companies that have settled illegaly in the area and now are allowed to stay.

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Bangla tigers

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Bangladesh – Prothom Alo

Tigers Must Be Saved From Poachers.

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According to a survey on tigers in the Sundarbans, carried out by German tiger expert Hen Reeds in 1975, there were 350 tigers in the mangrove forest.

A study on the Sundarbans in 2017 by Kent University in the UK, said the number of tigers in the Sundarbans is 121. So the number of tigers in the Sundarbans has fallen by one third in 42 years.

According to a tiger census in 2004, the number of tigers was 440 in Bangladesh. In another tiger census in 2015, the number of tigers decreased to 106.

Commentary

Bangladesh faces many challenges when it comes to tiger conservation.

Climate change, industries and poaching to name a few.

Although the Bangladesh government increased activities to save their Bengal tiger, it has to do a lot more.

 

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Striped lion

When the Global Tiger Recovery Program (GTRP) was rolled out in 2010, it announced the exigency and intent in rather dramatic terms.

The programme, endorsed in the St Petersburg Declaration on Tiger Conservation, was billed as the “last best hope for tigers”. Inaction could lead to extinction of the “world’s most magnificent species”, the programme’s executive summary had warned. Nine years into the ambitious programme, designed over the period between 2010 and 2022, the intent appears to have translated to a rise in the number of big cats in India, one of the 13 Tiger Range Countries (TRCs) in the GTRP.

The TRCs’ shared goal of doubling the number of tigers globally by 2022 could still be viewed as unrealistic but conservationists see in these numbers a possibility to optimise ongoing efforts — in restoring a depleted prey base, reviving habitats, building new resources for site-specific strategies and more crucially, in improving protection of forests with minimal conflict.

Y V Jhala, scientist at the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India, sees in the task for 2022 a “good target for politicians” to work toward and feels that the post-2010 thrust has, despite setbacks in some of the TRCs, had impressive returns. The senior scientist is working on the 2018 tiger census, a project that monitors the status of tigers, co-predators, prey and their habitat in India. The report is scheduled to be released by the end of July.

Daily Star tiger

Research estimates there are fewer than 4,000 of the big cats left in the wild. A century ago there were around 80,000.

The crisis is blamed on poachers and trophy hunters. Economic development is also a major factor in their decline because it ruins their habitat.

Campaigner Martin Hughes-Games has been studying the tiger count in India, which accounts for 60% of those left.

He said: “India is a country that’s industrialising incredibly fast. There are roads and railway lines and industries everywhere you look.

Malayan tiger under threat

Recently a tiger walked down the main thoroughfare of Kampung Besul (video here), a village in the north coastal state of Terengganu, sending villagers fleeing in all directions. The cat, dubbed the “friendly tiger” because it did no one any harm, later died of canine distemper disorder, which probably explains why it “went tame” and strolled through the town.

Malaysia is one of the most biodiverse countries on earth, and the rain forests of Peninsular Malaysia, along with those of southern Thailand, are the oldest on the planet. If anything, the death of the cat is emblematic of the peril to the country’s quickly-vanishing wildlife as urbanization, poachers and other problems eat into not just the tigers’ habitat but create a wide range of problems for other species as well.

The spread of canine distemper disorder into the wild cat population is very bad news on its own. A deadly virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous system, it is often spread to wild cats and dholes – wild dogs — in Asia from the feces left behind from hunting dogs and domesticated dogs which wander into wildlife habitat. According to another report, two tigers were seen prowling around the village, with a pregnant woman claiming a big cat chased her for 300 meters while she was riding her motorbike. Apparently one of the two was caught, later dying of distemper. The other escaped. It is still being sought.

Indian protests

On the morning of 18 July, Rafiqul Islam, a resident of Bagori, on the western fringes of Kaziranga National Park, was surprised to find a tiger sitting on his bed. Islam, who is used to wild animals around his shack didn’t panic and his presence of mind avoided a fatal encounter. An ‘SOS’ call from him got the Assam Forest Department and the animal rescue team from International Fund for Animal Welfare – Wildlife Trust Of India (IFAW-WTI) to sanitise the area and provide a safe passage to the tiger, which moved out on its own later in the day.

The photograph of a Bengal Tiger resting on a floral-print bed sheet, it’s head next to a carry bag with the words ‘Billion Choice’ is the defining image of this year’s floods in Kaziranga – of what happens to wild animals on the move in times of trouble. Clicked by Samshuli Ali, veterinarian at the IFAW-WTI, the picture has gone viral across social media platforms and is still trending across the world.

Floods are usually associated with loss of life and business, yet they are also part of a natural process that creates fertile lands for agriculture, replenishes wetlands and riverine grassland ecosystem. Floodwaters of the river Brahmaputra are key to the ecology of Kaziranga. Annual flooding revitalises the famed grasslands, which shelter keystone species such as rhinos, tigers and elephants.

Big tiger in trouble

Sundarbans tiger