The global Living Planet Index continues to decline. It shows an average 68% decrease in population sizes of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish between 1970 and 2016. A 94% decline in the LPI for the tropical sub regions of the Americas is the largest fall observed in any part of the world.

Millions of native animals and large volumes of wildlife products are trafficked domestically and internationally in and from Brazil each year, but a lack of good quality data, data sharing, and enforcement co-ordination between states and federal authorities conceal the true extent of the illicit trade finds a new TRAFFIC report, Wildlife Traff

On Saturday, 9 May 2020, people around the world will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) – a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. This year the theme of World Migratory Bird Day is “Birds Connect Our World” and was chosen to highlight the importance of conserving and restoring the ecological connectivity and integrity of ecosystems that support the natural cycles that are essential for the survival and well-being of migratory birds.

India’s proposal to include Great Indian Bustard, Asian Elephant and Bengal Florican in Appendix I of UN Convention on migratory species was unanimously accepted today at the ongoing thirteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) in Gandhinagar.

A first-of-its-kind nationwide study of India’s birds has found that among the species for which long-term trends could be established, over half have declined since 2000, of which 22% were declining strongly. Among the 146 species for which annual trends could be estimated, 80% were found to be declining, with close to 50% declining strongly.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Umashankar Patwa & Others Vs Union of India & Ors. (Earlier titled as D.K. Joshi Vs. Union of India & Ors.) dated 13/12/2019 on the issue of Hindustan Institute of Technology & Management, Agra (HIT) and Anand Engineering College, Agra (AEC) falls within the Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of News item Published in “Hindustan Times” Authored by Rakesh Goswami Titled Sambhar’s ecology among worst: Report dated 20/11/2019 regarding migratory birds dying in large numbers in Sambhar lake, Rajasthan.

A new study released to coincide with the 18th Conference to the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) finds hundreds of Helmeted and other hornbill parts and products offered for sale on Thai social media.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M. K. Ranjitsinh & Others Vs Union of India & Others dated 15/07/2019 regarding alarming decline of Great Indian Bustard, Lesser Florican.

To look into the matter, SC ordered the constitution of a Committee comprising of:

Unconventional shale gas development is a rapidly expanding driver of forest loss and fragmentation in the central Appalachian region. The researchers evaluated the relationship between breeding passerine abundances and distance from shale gas development at a long-term (2008–2017) study site in northern West Virginia, USA.

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