National Forests

Could we set aside half the Earth for nature?

A bald uakari monkey (Cacajao calvus) in the flooded forest of the Amazon in Brazil. The IUCN Red List categorizes this species as vulnerable. Photograph: Alamy

As of today, the only place in the universe where we are certain life exists is on our little home, the third planet from the sun. But also as of today, species on Earth are winking out at rates likely not seen since the demise of the dinosaurs. If we don’t change our ways, we will witness a mass extinction event that will not only leave our world a far more boring and lonely place, but will undercut the very survival of our species. So, what do we do? E.O. Wilson, one of the world’s most respected biologists, has proposed a radical, wild and challenging idea to our species: set aside half of the planet as nature preserves.

Visit These 10 Biosphere Reserves in India If You Really Love Nature

India is the seventh largest country in the world and inhabits hundreds of different cultures within itself. Along with cultural diversity, India is also to home to several biosphere reserves. These biosphere reserves in India play a huge role in conservation of wildlife, tribal communities and unique forests.

There are several reserves and national parks in India that protect an array of flora and fauna. Every reserve in the list has been declared so, as it the natural habitat of one or many endangered species, such as the Asian Tiger.

Week-long forest fire still burning in Bhutan

The fire in Wangdue has cloaked the mountains in smoke
Firefighters crossing the Punatsangchu river
The fire has continued to burn day and night

For the last week, one of the largest forest fires in Bhutan’s recent history has been burning in the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park

Kaziranga price: Rs 2200cr

Guwahati, Jan. 28: Kaziranga tiger reserve now has a price tag, but it's not for sale.

Bhopal-based Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) has conducted a study to assess the tiger reserve in terms of money for the first time, on the request of National Tiger Conservation Authority.

The study - Economic Valuation of Tiger Reserves: A Value Plus Approach - has estimated the stock of Kaziranga tiger reserve at Rs 2,240 crore, which includes carbon storage and standing timber stock while the benefits flowing from it have been estimated at Rs 980 crore.

Prof. Raman Sukumar, Elephant Talk 2015

Recommended conversion of areas in tea gardens into forest plantations which will provide passage to elephants, besides promoting tourism.

Creating Drivers for Asian Elephant Conservation

Asian Elephants in the Wild Conference, 2015 resolved to secure Trans-boundary Elephant Corridors & strengthen Cross-boundary relationships for the welfare of Asian Elephants

Study of plant species diversity & composition in Jungles of Assam

Study of plant species diversity and composition in National Parks of Assam

Study of plant species composition in local or regional level can contribute positively in global forest species composition monitoring program. The results of quantitative inventory have enormous significance for the conservation and management of forests. There is very limited information available in relation to plant species composition and diversity on National parks of Assam which motivates the present study.

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