Tigris River

River Linking projects: Creating Erroneous Artificial River systems or creating opportunities for development?

Indian rivers are known for cultivating world’s most populated regimes. They have been revered as Goddess for their larger role in replenishing life within their streams and plethora of services in the form of ecosystems flows. However, following the quest for crosscut developments, the consideration to other services has been subjected to a skewed vision. Despite regular reporting by Nitin Sethi, a well-known reporter with the Business times and general concern by conservationist, the policy is hell bent to make40

Jelly Fish

India’s first Jellyfish Lake discovered in Gujarat

A group of marine researchers have stumbled upon a jellyfish lake in Gujarat. This is perhaps the first such instance of a jellyfish lake in the country. As per the data collected by researchers, concentration and density of jellyfish is very high in this lake. The team was led by wildlife scientist BC Choudhury associated with the Wildlife Trust of India. The team found the lake on one of its visits in Armabada in Gujarat. The jellyfish population in the40

Micrixalus species

New Species of Dancing frogs discovered in Western Ghats

The dancing frogs officially known by the scientific name Micrixalus kottigeharensis are found in the western ghats belt of Maharshtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The region is very rich in biodiversity and has about 180 endemic amphibian species. Delhi University professor Sathyabhama Biju discovered the frog species. He previously was credited for discovery of purple frogs. A total of 14 species were discovered which almost doubles the number of species known till date. The species were identified by using40

Indian Tiger

Pilibhit gets a Tiger Reserve

Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit city is soon getting its own tiger reserve. It would be the third tiger reserve at Pilibhit and the 45th in India. UP had the first tiger reserve in the form of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. The state has around 118 tigers. Pilibhit Tiger Reserve is spread over 73,024.98 hectares and is home to nearly 30 tigers and many other endangered species. Pilibhit Tiger Reserve is located in Pilibhit district, Lakhimpur Kheri District and Bahraich District of Uttar40

Alphonso mango

EU Ban on Indian Mangoes

Trade barriers are imposed by governments all over the world in order to protect domestic industries and when they fear that the product doesn’t meet their import requirements. It can be in the form of a tax (custom duty) or in the form of subsidies for domestic products. Sometimes governments have a compulsory domestic procurement requirement as is the case with India’s solar mission. Since governments sometimes tend to go overboard especially when times are hard for the domestic economy,40

Fungi of Saskatchewan - Biodiversity

Biodiversity Management Committees- Another Body that Failed

The Biological Diversity Act 2002 mandates all local bodies to setup Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC). As per the guideline given on NBA; “The BMC will be constituted by the local body with members of the Participatory forest/natural resources management committees members, including from members of horticulture/vaids/foot botanists/tribal heads., etc., based on the local conditions. The SBB should issue suggestive list of persons to be included in the BMC. The representation may be flexible to meet the local requirements.” The BMC40

Online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

Online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas launched

A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity that presents spatial information and species distribution patterns was launched on 29 January 2014 at the landmark Water Lives symposium. The symposium (conference) brought together the European Union policy makers and freshwater scientists. Freshwater that is quite important for diverse habitats covers only 1 percent of total earth’s surface and is a home for about 35 percent of all vertebrate species. A vertebrate is an animal that has an internal backbone and a40

Holotype of Enyalioides azulae

Two Woodlizard Species named Enyalioides Discovered From Cordillera Azul National Park, Peru

In a research led by lead author Dr Pablo Venegas from Centro de ornitologíay Biodiversidad (CORBIDI) in Lima, Peru, two new woodlizard species called Enyalioides were discovered from Cordillera Azul National Park. These two species were named Enyalioides azulae and Enyalioides binzayedi. Enyalioides azulae is said to be from a locality in mountain rainforest of the Río Huallaga basin in northeastern Peru. This species was given the name based on the Spanish word- Azul which means blue. It referred to40