Category: Forest

Forest conservation, wildlife protection and the “Biased Scholar”

Suhas Kumar The other day, I was invited to a function in Bhopal where the world famous scholar Prof Madhav Gadgil was addressing a gathering comprising of retired and serving government servants, local NGOs, citizens concerned about ecology and a cross-section of others. He was explaining how the ecological issues have emerged overtime in the

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Huge Rs. 4.50 billion tree plantation scam in Madhya Pradesh

Newsroom24x7 Network Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Forest Minister Umang Singhar on Friday, 11 October 2019, disclosed that his department has detected a huge Rs. 4.5 billion tree plantation scam linked to the announcement by the former Chief Minister Shivraraj Singh to plant 50 million trees in the Narmada basin and its implementation by the forest and

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MP Forest Minister’s pointer raises issue of constitutional propriety

Newsroom24x7 Network Bhopal: The ruling Congress party in Madhya Pradesh and Chief Minister Kamal Nath owe an explanation to the people after State Forest Minister Umang Singhar has openly said that former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh is running the State Government from “behind the curtain”. What the Forest Minister has stated amounts to raising the

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Jabalpur High Court admits petition against reconstitution of State Wildlife Board

Newsroom24x7 Network Madhya Pradesh High Court on Friday, 30 August 2019,  admitted a petition by senior journalist and eminent conservationist Lalit Shastri challenging the reconstitution of the State Wildlife Board on the grounds that it is vitiated by law and is against the mandatory provision of Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. Since a petition on

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MP formula to boost wildlife tourism: Turn Tiger State into a brand and live off Tigers

Lalit Shastri Madhya Pradesh Congress Government led by Chief Minister Kamal Nath has gone into the overdrive mode to promote tourism in wildlife areas of the State after there was a proposal from Valmik Thapar, founder of Ranthambore Foundation, for setting up an empowered committee to boost tourism in the Tiger Reserves. Thapar batted for

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“Serious shortcomings in regulating diversion of forest land and compensatory afforestation”

Newsroom24x7 Network The theme of UNCCD’s Conference of the Parties – UNCCD COP14 – being hosted in New Delhi, from September 2 to 13, is “Restore Land to Sustain Life”. Over 3,000 participants from all over the world are expected to participate in COP14. The Parties to the Convention will agree on the actions each

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Wildlife Management in Tiger State: In the throes of a serious crisis

Lalit Shastri The Madhya Pradesh Finance Department has blocked the use of Park Development Fund – the money generated from wildlife tourism in Tiger Reserves through entry gate, elephants, rest houses etc – which has touched a figure of approximately Rs. 27 crore every year. This despite the fact that there is a government order

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“Man vs Wild” & “India for Beginners”

Newsroom24x7 Network The plot of the “Man vs Wild” episode of Discovery Channel, featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, from its sneak peak, appears so close and similar to that of the Belgian TV documentary on environment and forest shot in the jungles of Hoshangabad in central India about 10 years ago for the popular

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State Wildlife Board: Madhya Pradesh Government is in the dock and has a lot to answer

Newsroom24x7 network Bhopal: The reconstitued Madhya Pradesh State Wildlife Board, notified on 3 August 2019, is in the midst of a raging controversy at the very outset as there is no dearth of charges regarding flouting of mandatory requirements when it comes to the nomination of members to this high powered body under the Wildlife

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Exclusion of some experts puts a question mark on the reconstituted MP State Wildlife Board

Newsroom24x7 Network Eyebrows are being raised and questions asked regarding the factors responsible for the last moment exclusion of some conservationists and wildlife experts who were officially informed about a month ago that they were being “nominated” by the Madhya Pradesh Forest department for the State Wildlife Board proposed to be reconstituted by the Madhya

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Numbers are important but tigers also should thrive in their natural habitat

Lalit Shastri Forest and wildlife managers, more particularly the committed Field Directors and staff, have reason to rejoice over the latest tiger population figures. Surely, they deserve credit. What also should be noted at this juncture is the leading role played by organisations like Sanctuary Asia, Wildlife Protection Society of India and CREW (Crusade for

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Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism organises film show on the Tiger Habitat of Central India to mark International Tiger Day

Newsroom24x7 Network Bhopal: Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication organized a special screening of “The Tiger-Indicator of Healthy Forest Ecosystem” in collaboration with CREW (Crusade for Revival of Environment and Wildlife) to mark the International Tiger Day on Monday. In his keynote address, senior journalist and wildlife conservationist Lalit Shastri said that we

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Count of Tigers in India rises to 2967; Madhya Pradesh roars the loudest

Newsroom24x7 Network New Delhi:  Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi greeted the citizens by announcing that the count of tigers in India has risen to 2967 in the year 2018. The Prime Minister marked the International Tiger Day by releasing the results of the fourth cycle of All India Tiger Estimation – 2018, here on

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Tiger and the issue of forest conservation, wildlife protection and ecological stability

Statement by CREW¹ on World Tiger Day Today the magnificent tiger occupies a precarious and vulnerable position in the biotic pyramid. It is a symbol of the delicate symbiotic relationship between different parts of the ecosystem. The tiger population and its well being can be seen as the most important indicator of the health of

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