Promoting conservation

Udhagamandalam: The renowned band of the Madras Regimental Centre (MRC) at Wellington near here is all set to espouse the cause of the environment.

It will present a band concert at a programme titled “Enviro Culture” which will be staged by the Nilgiri Cultural Association (NCA) at the Saint Joseph’s Boys All India Higher Secondary School in Coonoor on Saturday evening to mark the World Environment Day.

The Convener, NCA, S. Ananthakrishnan said that since it was formed in 1951 the band has been part of several prestigious occasions and won several accolades. The Band members are drawn from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar.

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Sacred Himalayan sites bring together religious leaders, conservationists

A first-time workshop in Bhutan today is bringing together religious leaders, government officials and conservationists to discuss how to better protect sacred natural sites in the region.

The Sacred Himalayan Landscape extends from Langtang National Park in central Nepal through the Kangchenjunga region in Sikkim and Darjeeling in India to Toorsa Strict Nature Reserve in western Bhutan. © Simon de Trey White / WWF-UK

The workshop comes amid renewed interest from religious leaders worldwide in supporting conservation efforts.

For example, during the last two years Malaysia’s Muslim preachers have been enlisted in the fight for wildlife conservation, using passages from the Koran to raise awareness and help protect some of the world’s most endangered species.

Ahead of the climate talks in 2009, the Christian Orthodox Church’s most senior leader in September 2009 issued a statement urging world leaders to join him and his more than 200 million followers in pushing for a strong and fair climate deal.

In many countries, religion and culture have played a significant role in the preservation of not only cultural riches, but also forests, rivers and in some cases mountains in the form of “sacred natural sites” that are revered by the local communities as abodes of their local deities or gods.

These beliefs have directly or indirectly helped in preservation of nature, according to WWF. This kind of reverence is seen amply in Bhutan and in the region but a direct link to nature conservation from these beliefs has never been studied till now.

WWF and its Living Himalayas Initiative are organizing the workshop, called “Sacred Natural Sites, Biodiversity Conservation & Climate Change in the Eastern Himalayas” in Bhutan from 17-19 May.

“The workshop on Sacred Natural Sites, bio-cultural diversity, and climate change is a first step in the region to get a group of academics, religious leaders and practitioners, government agencies, and conservationists together to discuss the issues and start to take action” said Tariq Aziz, Leader Living Himalayas Initiative.

The overall aim of this workshop is to document the sacred natural sites in the Eastern Himalayan region (Bhutan, India & Nepal) and detail their importance to the conservation of the region’s bio-cultural diversity; to engage faith groups further in practical conservation; and to explore the increasing threats and adaptation needs of faith communities in the face of rapidly changing climatic conditions.

Officials from WWF’s Network, religious leaders, experts in the field of religion and culture and climate change and related government officials from the Eastern Himalayan region are attending this two day meeting.

“In the Himalayas – the whole place is sacred, but there are many more specific places that have an even more special status for the different traditions that are prominent here” said Liza Higgins Zogib, Manager, People and Conservation, WWF International.

Through this effort WWF hopes to gather the varying opinions of the participating groups and find a solution to better protect those sacred natural sites

From WWF

Sachin Tendulkar bats for water conservation

MUMBAI: Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is all set for another show, this time off the field. The cricketer will star in a civic campaign that emphasises on the need to conserve water.

The municipal corporation’s advertisement-Pani Vachwa Mumbai Jagwa or Pani ki Raksha, Mumbai ki Suraksha-has been shot by Eureka Films and directed by Meghnath Kulkarni. The 30-second ad will hit te screens in the next 10 days.

The civic officials are confident that the star batsman will play an important role in driving home the point.
Said Tendulkar, “We make sure that there not a single drop of water is wasted in our household. In fact, every person in my family uses just one bucket of water for bathing.”

The commercial was shot on Sunday.

“Sachin’s endorsement is likely to drive home the point better. We are sure that his promotion of the cause of water conservation, which is a pressing issue in the city, will have a positive impact and we will be able to save water,” said civic chief Swadheen Kshatriya.

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Nagapattinam: Need for conserving Olive Ridleys

NAGAPATTINAM: An awareness seminar on the need to conserve Oliver Ridley Turtles for the fisherfolk was organised here jointly by the Forest Department and the Fisheries Department.

The two-day seminar held at Nagapattinam, Kodiakkarai and Sirkazhi aimed at exposing the fisherfolk to the need and methods of conservation of the Olive Ridleys. It focused on the threats posed to their survival and cooperation was sought from the fisherfolk.

The seminar also attempted to create an understanding on marine life prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Under the Wildlife Act, some species of fish, sharks, whales, turtles, mollusks were secured protection.

The seminar also saw participation from Tree Foundation, a Chennai-based non-profit organisation working towards Olive Ridley conservation along the Kancheepuram and Chennai coast.

The Forest Department had sought to emulate similar conservation activity here along the Nagapattinam coast, which supports the nesting habits of huge population of Olive Ridley turtles.

According to V. Thirunavukarasu, District Forest Officer, over 52 fisherfolk panchayatars, representatives and leaders participated in the awareness seminar.

T. Umakanthan, Assistant Director, Fisheries, Supraja Dharani, chairperson of Tree Foundation, an NGO, were present.

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Mysore: Kumble spreads message of wildlife conservation

MYSORE: His love for animals doesn’t end at photographing and adopting them. Vice-chairman of State Wildlife Board and former Indian captain Anil Kumble is spreading the message of wildlife conservation.

Speaking at the valedictory function of Mysore Zoo Youth Club-2009 on Sunday, he called upon youths to have concern for animals and environment. And he was proud to adopt eight-day-old giraffe, Lakshmi’, at Rs 25,000 on the occasion.

The Youth Club had organized programmes to familiarise children with the life of animals. Richa, student of Sadvidya School, had this to say about her 23-week experience at the Youth Club. “Though I was reluctant, I joined the club due to my dad’s pressure. But now I realise its importance. Through this club I not only learnt many things about animals and birds, but I also improved my presentation skills.”

The club members were exposed to classroom lectures on biodiversity, ants, Himalayas, wildlife, reptiles, primates, insect vectors, forest and wildlife. They were held every Sunday. The club conducted activities throughout the year and 99 children who won various prizes received certificates and prizes.

From TOI

India: State-Wise details of rivers covered under the National River Conservation Plan

    S. No.                 State

River

1

Andhra Pradesh Godavari & Musi
2 Bihar Ganga
3 Delhi Yamuna
4 Goa Mandovi
5 Gujarat Sabarmati
6 Haryana Yamuna
7 Jharkhand Damodar, Ganga & Subarnarekha
8 Karnataka Bhadra, Tungabhadra,Cauvery, Tunga & Pennar
9 Kerala Pamba
10 Madhya Pradesh Betwa, Tapti, Wainganga, Khan, Narmada, Kshipra, Beehar, Chambal & Mandakini.
11 Mahrashtra Krishna, Godavari, Tapi and Panchganga
12 Nagaland Diphu & Dhansiri
13 Orissa Brahmini & Mahanadi
14 Punjab Satluj
15 Rajasthan Chambal
16 Sikkim Rani Chu
17 Tamil Nadu Cauvery, Adyar, Cooum, Vennar, Vaigai & Tambarani
18 Uttar Pradesh Yamuna, Ganga & Gomti
19 Uttranchal Ganga
20 West Bengal

Ganga, Damodar & Mahananda

From PIB

Nilgiris: We are with you, say planters

Udhagamandalam: When problems and challenges confront the district the planting community will not be found wanting, observed the Chairman, Nilgiri Planters Association (NPA), Jiten Pareek, while extending a helping hand to about 200 flood- and landslide-affected persons housed in a relief camp at Yellanhalli near Coonoor on Monday.

He expressed concern over the enormous damage caused by the natural calamity. The managements and workers of the member estates of the NPA expressed their sympathies to the affected families, he said. By way of saying, “we are with you,” relief materials in the form of weather protectives had been given to some of the affected persons, Mr. Pareek added.

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