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India – The Wire

How the FRA Is the Last Line Against the Environment Ministry's Arbitrariness.

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Forests were originally a state subject but were elevated in 1976 to the Centre’s attention by bringing them under the concurrent list (42nd amendment to the Constitution). So forest and wildlife, once with the Ministry of Agriculture, became the full-fledged Ministry of Environment and Forests in 1985, and included climate change in 2014. 

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) is today tasked with protecting and conserving the country’s natural resources – its biodiversity, forests and wildlife – and with controlling pollution.

However, its longstanding authority over forests came to an unceremonious end in March 2006 when the Centre moved “all matters, including legislation, relating to the rights of forest dwelling Schedule Tribes on forest lands ” to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, to the delight of forest-dwellers across the country. However, the MoEFCC refuses to heed this order and continues to defy the law and by extension Parliament.

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India wants to save tigers and to protect them they want humans out of the tiger areas.

So humans living in the areas are being translocated. But they don’t want that and protest about it.

So the situation in India is getting more intense.

But remember: There are only app. 2967 in India. And 1,371,255,893 humans living in India, absorbing more and more tiger and other wildlife habitat.

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Avni killer

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India – Mid-day.com

Celebration of tigress Avni's 'murder' angers wildlife lovers.

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Felicitation of the ‘killers’ of Tigress T1, famously known as Avni, by locals of 19 villages in Yavatmal district has left activists and animal lovers fuming. The villagers presented the award to Asghar Ali Khan and his father Nawab Shafat Ali Khan on November 2, a year after Avni was killed by Asghar.

The ‘poor farmers, locals and sarpanch of the 19 affected villages’ organised the program, named ‘Man Eater Day’, to celebrate Avni’s death at Wedshi village. The villagers presented a demand draft of Rs 21,000 to the controversial private hunter and his son Asghar for putting an end to the terror created by Avni, who was suspected of killing 13 people.

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The killer of Avni is provoking conservationists, after being invited by villagers to receive an ‘award’ on ‘man eater day’.

The NTCA and the forest department of Karnataka should really step up to control this ridiculous situation as it is not benefitting tiger conservation at all.

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Nepal tiger

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France – Sustainability Times

Villagers are helping save wild tigers in Nepal.

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The prospect of numerous species, large and small, going extinct in the wild is looming ever larger across much of the planet, with habitat loss and poaching being the primary reasons. The plight of some beleaguered iconic species has especially been gaining attention, including tigers.

The striped predators, which roamed across much of Asia only a century ago, have been falling on hard times throughout their ranges from Siberia to Sumatra. From some 100,000 in 1900 the number of wild tigers has plummeted to a mere 4,000 or so today. Outside of India, few populations of tigers are doing well. In Cambodia, for instance, wild tigers have recently been declared functionally extinct, although plans are underway to reintroduce tigers to some of the Southeast Asian nation’s jungles.

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Nepal is the example country for tiger conservation. Many people ask: how do they do so well?

One of the reasons is to engage local communities so they stay out of the core zones. Another major contribution has made by creating anti-poaching units in the buffer zones.

To give an idea. Nepal has 13 buffer zones and to monitor them a total of 611 community-based anti-poaching units have been installed.

Great work!

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