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The Environment Ministry also noted that locals often resort to an illegal act of planting explosive-filled fruits to repel wild boars from entering plantation farms.
Soumitra Dasgupta, IG Wildlife at Ministry of Environment, said that it happens on a small scale but the current attack is a once-in-a-three decade situation.
Ganga–Brahmaputra–Meghna delta also faces threat from sea-level rise around it as recent study says sea level could reach 85-140 cm by end of this century.
Modi govt identified 13 pilot beaches in July 2019 for voluntary eco-label Blue Flag. Ten of these sites are likely to be sent for certification soon.
India State of Forest Report shows maximum increase in tree and forest cover in Karnataka, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
According to a Wildlife Institute of India report, there are just 150 of the bird species left in India.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar says the target is in addition to India’s pledge to restore 13 mn hectares of degraded land by 2020.
The Centre has already released Rs 2,522 crore out of the sanctioned amount under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP).
The deaths have prompted the government to step up measures to minimise potential clashes of elephants with humans.
Vardhan rules out rechristening name of forest service since doing so would be ‘a complex process’.