The environment department has directed all hotels, resorts and even tents for tourists within a kilometre of forest areas to take the state pollution control board's permission to continue operations. The directive follows a string of complaints of violation of environment norms against hotels and resorts

The Sonai-Rupai sanctuary is facing serious threat as the forest department of Arunachal Pradesh government has encroached upon a large area in Kamengbari of Assam-Arunachal border area. Likewise, the sanctuary that covers a total area of 220 sq.km have been encroached upon by people coming from various districts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It may be noted that the Sonai-Rupai sanctuary which is famous for its different kinds of valuable trees and wildlife is situated on the north bank and in the downhill of Arunachal Pradesh.

Relatives and friends will require a satellite navigation device to find graves of loved ones in NSW's first eco-burial site. The deceased will be buried in biodegradable coffins between gum trees in a protected koala sanctuary. Reflecting a worldwide trend towards environmentally friendly burials, the site, on bushland attached to Lismore Memorial Park Cemetery in the Northern Rivers region, is due to open on July 1.

Himachal Pradesh Government has sought denotification of state's five wildlife sanctuaries including the Naina Devi, Shikari Devi, Govind Sagar, Shili and Darlaghat and reorganisation of the boundar

Himachal Pradesh Government has sought denotification of state's five wildlife sanctuaries including the Naina Devi, Shikari Devi, Govind Sagar, Shili and Darlaghat and reorganisation of the boundaries of 28 others. This is to exclude some of the areas of human inhabitations located within sanctuary areas. In all, the state has 33 wildlife sanctuaries and two national parks viz Great Himalayan National Park and Pin Valley National Park, the habitat of some rare and endangered species.

The British Government, in 1905, had recommended the protection of Laokhowa along with Kaziranga, and had made special provisions for the same.

Wastelands occupy 20% or more of India. Since these wastelands are neither in agricultural or urban use, they would fall in the undeveloped category. In other

Wizened old Jidemadamma has to depend on her neighbours for meals. Her son and daughter-in-law have gone to Kodagu to collect pepper from trees and will not be back before two weeks. “They took the children along because I cannot move around much. Earlier, all of us stayed together here.

The Wild Ass Sanctuary in Little Rann of Kutch has been selected by Centre for Biodiversity Conservation and Rural Livelihood Improvement project.

We talk of herds of wild elephants creating havoc in human habitats. But what about humans who encroach on land especially reserved for wildlife. This has come to light when Early Birds, an NGO working for conservation of wildlife went on a cattle vaccination programme to Chanaka and Bharoitari, both fringe villages of Pobitora wildlife sanctuary. These villages are behind the Burha Mayang hill range and have no road connectivity. The team members of the NGO said that they could see a few dwelling houses next to a wildlife sentry camp and around 100-120 such houses of semi-permanent nature had sprang up in the riverside char areas just opposite to the sentry camp. The NGO said that this kind of settlements is a potential threat to the sanctuary and demanded that the park authorities with the help of the Morigaon and Darrang district administration evict the encroachers. The Early Birds team during the programme vaccinated 412 cattle including buffaloes. A large number of free medicines were also distributed.

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