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Before we blame forest-dwellers for ‘Poaching’ during the pandemic, we must recognise our own hypocrisy -Meera Anna Oommen and Kartik Shanker

-The Hindu Forest communities are being seen as the primary drivers of denudation during lockdown, while we continue to ignore the impacts of fast-tracked environmental clearances for dams and mines A photograph of a young man, presumably tribal, or a returning migrant, or both, with the carcasses of two hares slung over his shoulder, was recently emblazoned on the cover of a report by a reputed wildlife NGO. The report — based...

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Suggested resources to understand the COVID-19 crisis better

These days a lot many articles, reports, documents, etc. are appearing in the public domain on Coronavirus infection and related issues. An attempt has been made in the present news alert to put together in one place some of the best articles, reports, blogs, webinars, podcasts, etc., which can be useful for our readers. We have divided the resources under various themes for the convenience of our readers and social media...

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237 tigers die in 2 years

-The Telegraph New Delhi: As many as 237 tigers died in the past two years and 23 per cent of the deaths between 2012 and 2017 were caused by Poaching, the government said on Friday. However, the government asserted that unnatural deaths "have not had an impact on tiger numbers, which are growing at the rate of 5.8 per cent per annum". "In 2016, 122 tigers died across the country while 115 died...

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Planting a Seed of Hope -Usha Rai

-The Indian Express A new initiative attempts to economically empower villagers living near Kanha National Park, and protect its green cover and wildlife. The Kanha–Pench forest corridor is rich in biodiversity and home to a large concentration of tigers, leopards, gaurs, barasingha, and cheetal. But with the population of the villages increasing and land holdings shrinking, conservation efforts were paramount. If the needs of the villagers for improved livelihoods are not...

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Disturbed habitats force wildlife to leave Jharkhand sanctuaries -Sanjoy Dey

-Hindustan Times Ranchi: Green cover and wildlife population in Jharkhand’s sanctuaries are under threat from unchecked stone quarries, tree felling and construction work in the buffer zones of the wildlife reserves in the state. With the state government yet to send proposals to the Centre to declare 10 of the 11 wildlife sanctuaries as ecologically sensitive zones (ESZs), the threat has increased, say conversationalists and wildlife experts. Until now, only the Dalma wildlife...

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