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Tribals nail government lie on protecting indigenous people at biodiversity meet

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Oct 17, 2012
Ever since India assumed presidency of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on October 8, it has never missed a chance to reiterate its commitment to conserving biodiversity and protecting indigenous people and their traditional knowledge. Indian officials attending the ongoing CoP 11 meet at Hyderabad have been highlighting the Forest Rights Act (FRA) as evidence of India's commitment to protect local communities.

US $50 million to protect biodiversity in India

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Oct 16, 2012
India has committed US $50 million towards strengthening the institutional mechanism for biodiversity conservation in the country during its presidency of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD).

Supreme Court lifts ban on tiger tourism

Issue Date: Oct 16, 2012
The Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted the ban imposed by it on tourism in core tiger habitats. The order was given on the basis of the notification of the eco-tourism guidelines by the Centre the day before. The guidelines say that up to 20 per cent of core zones of tiger reserves can be opened up for tourism.

UN report warns of effects of urban expansion on biodiversity

Issue Date: Oct 16, 2012
A new assessment by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) warns that if the current trend of global urbanisation continues, it will have significant implications for biodiversity and ecosystems along with knock-on effects on human health and development.

Food basket is shrinking

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2012

CoP 11 treads middle ground on biofuels

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Oct 15, 2012
The ongoing biodiversity convention in Hyderabad seems undecided about the impacts of biofuels on the environment.

Traditional knowledge of fisher people may be included in the process of identifying marine biodiversity hot spots

Issue Date: Oct 14, 2012
With many countries stepping up demand to include social and cultural criteria in identifying ecologically and biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) during the ongoing CoP 11 biodiversity meet in Hyderabad, coastal communities and their traditional knowledge may finally become part of the process. So far, identification of such areas has been based only on scientific criteria.

Kerala becomes first state in country to complete formation of biodiversity management committees

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Oct 12, 2012
Kerala has added one more feather in its cap. It has become the first state in India to have completed the formation of Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC) in all local self-government institutions. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on October 10 formally declared the constitution of BMCs in all the 978 village panchayats, 60 municipalities, and five corporations in the state.

Bundelkhand's dalit women join hands to drought-proof their villages

Author(s): Shehfar
Issue Date: Oct 11, 2012
As in the previous years, farmers of the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh started facing acute water shortage this year, too, with the onset of summer. There were media reports of farmers stealing water to irrigate crops. With scant rains and little help from the government, most people in the region faced a bleak future. But people of three backward districts in the region—Jalaun, Hamirpur and Lalitpur—hope to ease their water woes. They have started work to secure their water resources.
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