What once used to be a thriving farming community in India,
teeming with people and daily activity, is now something closer to a
ghost town, at least when it comes to humans that is. All 200 families
that used to live in the village of Ramdegi in central India’s Tadoa-Andhari Tiger Reserve
made the decision to give their land back to nature. Part of an ongoing
effort by the Indian government to reduce conflict with wildlife, the
reserve is now free for a plethora of life to flourish.
Police seized two trucks filled with illegal timber from
Banke district of midwestern Nepal. According to District Forest Officer (DFO)
of Banke, the unattended 27 logs of timber were being transported to Nepalgunj district,
on the trucks without any number plates. The police are yet to nab the
smugglers and the case is under scrutiny.
Pokhara in western Nepal has started removing and
prohibiting any construction of buildings within 65m from Fewa Lake, as a step
to conserve the lake from the negative impact of land encroachment. According
to a local of Baidam of Kaski district, people residing along the banks of the
lake are affected as they need the land to support their livelihood. The
Western Regional Administrator stated that people affected by the policy that
possess land ownership certificates, are to be compensated for the land.
Conservationists in Kashmir, northern India are demanding
the prohibition on manufacturing and use of punt guns for the conservation of
birds around Wullar Lake. Punt guns are locally made and are deadliest hunting
gun used for killing the birds. Punt guns can kill more than 50 birds in a
flock in one shot and are freely used for hunting the migratory bird in Wullar
Lake and its adjoining areas.
Acute poisoning has killed over 50 endangered vultures in
Sivasagar district of Assam, north-east India. Among these 50 dead birds, 19 white-backed
vultures, three slender-billed vultures and 29 Himalayan griffons died on the site
and one bird, Himalayan Griffon Vulture was rescued by the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation
(CWRC). A vulture was released back to native site in an awareness program including stakeholders, government
representatives and local bodies.
Farmers and herders around Changtang Nature
Reserve of Tibet Autonomous Region, southwestern China are on constant trouble
due the wild animals attacking their livestock, damaging buildings and crops
and hurting people. Although, farmers receive compensation they are far less
than the actual loss and some are often deprived of it. Tibet is home to 795
vertebrate species, 125 of which are protected.