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Daasi wins ‘Raita Ratna’ award

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Daasi wins ‘Raita Ratna’ award
(February 16, 2021) Daasi, a voluntarily relocated woman of the Sollepura Relocation Centre, is an independent farmer who has been involved in sustainable agriculture for nearly a decade-and-a-half now. Apart from the three-acre land she received as a part of the government sponsored voluntary relocation scheme, she has taken two more acres on lease to grow mushrooms, coconut, areca and cardamom among other things. We are grateful for the generous support of Larsen & Toubro Infotech Lim...

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'Super Farmer' Daasi wins ‘Phalashreshtha Award’

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'Super Farmer' Daasi wins ‘Phalashreshtha Award’
(January 15, 2021) Daasi, a woman from a forest community in Nagarahole National Park voluntarily relocated to the Sollepura resettlement center in HD Kote taluk in 2007, and has been independently farming ever since. Belonging to the Jenukuruba tribe, she is a mother of ten, and after her husband’s passing, had been eking a living by selling minor forests produce. Post voluntary relocation, she has been able to take up agricultural activities and has been harvesting a diverse range of crops – from mai...

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The New 'Superstar Farmer'

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The New 'Superstar Farmer'
(November 30, 2020) Voluntarily relocated tribal man, Vijaya, was honoured as a 'Superstar Farmer' by the Kannada newspaper Vijaya Karnataka in Mysore on 27 November 2020.Vijaya Karnataka daily is identifying progressive farmers with help from the experts for the last couple of years. Vijaya, a first-generation farmer who is also a primitive tribe, was selected for this award from the Heggadadevana Kote Taluk.Vijaya’s father Puttaiah was a resident of Maladahadi tribal settlement of Antharasanthe Wildlife Ran...

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Maharashtra approves to declare Angria Bank as a protected area

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Maharashtra approves to declare Angria Bank as a protected area
(August 08, 2020) Maharashtra State Board for Wildlife (SBWL) approves to declare e 2,011 square kilometre Angria Bank as a protected area. The proposal will now be sent to the Centre for approval and action.The Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr Uddhav Thackeray, on Friday SBWL approved three key projects including the declaration of Angria Bank as a “designated area” under the Maritime Zones Act, 1976. The other two were the appointment of Sonneratia alba as state mangrove tree, and a recovery programme...

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This World Rangers Day, meet Bhaniklal, Range Officer, Kodanad

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(July 31, 2020) Every year, July 31 is celebrated as World Ranger Day to honor the guardians of our natural and cultural heritage. Rangers are faced with the challenging task of protecting forests from poaching and habitat destruction on the field, and World Ranger Day seeks to acknowledge and express gratitude to them for their service.In this spirit, we spoke to Bhaniklal, Range Officer, Kodanad, Kerala Forest Department about his support system, and why he enjoys being a forest officer.Bhaniklal, Range Offic...

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Cyclone Amphan Reminds Us Why Mangrove Conservation is Essential to the Sundarbans’ Survival and What it Should Look Like

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(June 09, 2020) By Aashika Ravi“Before 2009, we had never planted a mangrove before, we were working on wildlife and tigers. Cyclone Aila was an eye-opener for us ﹘ whatever you do in the Sundarbans, it has to be mangrove conservation in essence. If the mangroves are not there, the wildlife won’t be there, the people won’t be there, the delta won’t be there.” Ajanta Dey, Joint Secretary and Program Director, Nature Environment and Wildlife Society (NEWS), a conservation N...

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Kerala Forest Department leads the way in supporting forest communities during COVID-19 lockdown

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Kerala Forest Department leads the way in supporting forest communities during COVID-19 lockdown
(April 07, 2020) In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown of the nation, the safety and livelihood of forest communities has been shrouded in uncertainty.At this juncture, inspiration can be taken from the Kerala Forest Department’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus within forest communities in the state. The Department has proactively put in place a series of measures to support them during the lockdown enforced by the Centre.Kerala forest officials providing rations to fo...

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Wildlife census begins in Amrabad Tiger Reserve

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Wildlife census begins in Amrabad Tiger Reserve
(December 12, 2019) WCS-India staff setting up camera-trapTelangana Forest Department has begun its annual wildlife census in Amrabad Tiger Reserve from December 6. An area of 1,100 sq km will be covered under the census over a period of six months.For the statistics, the tiger reserve has been divided into two blocks of 550 sq km each, and the blocks are further subdivided into multiple grids of 2 sq km each. This year too, the survey will focus on both – herbivores and carnivores – populations and wil...

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One in five land species part of wildlife trade

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(October 09, 2019) Researchers from the US and the UK have revealed that at least one in five land-based species on the planet is traded on the global wildlife market.In a paper published in this month’s edition of the journal Science, academics from the University of Florida and the University of Sheffield said the scale of the wildlife trade is far larger than had previously been thought, adding that they were “astounded” by what their research revealed.After studying data on more than 30,000 l...

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Undervalued wilderness areas can cut extinction risk in half

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(September 18, 2019) Wilderness areas, long known for intrinsic conservation value, are far more valuable for biodiversity than previously believed, and if conserved, will cut the world's extinction risk in half, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.Wilderness areas - where human impact has been absent or minimal - are dwindling. The latest maps show over 3 million square kilometres (1.15 million square miles) of wilderness destroyed since the 1990s (an area the size of India), and that less...

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