Environment Current Affairs

Kerala’s Periyar tiger reserve wins NTCA biennial award

Periyar Tiger Reserve located in Kerala has won the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) biennial award for encouraging local public participation in managing the reserve.

Public participation in managing the Periyar Tiger Reserve

  • India Eco-Development project (IEDP): People’s participation started in the reserve in December 1996 by establishing India Eco-Development project (IEDP). It was a community-based eco-tourism initiative, which promoted tourism activities which helped visitors. It also promoted pepper growing in this region and marketing it.
  • Periyar Foundation: Later in 2006, reserve set up the Periyar Foundation which was a model for other reserves in biodiversity conservation and community participation in managing natural resources. It involved 75 communities living around the reserve, including tribal people.
  • There are around 19 different eco-tourism programmes apart from village eco-development programmes for public participation in managing the reserve.

India’s Tigers population increases by 30% since 2011

As per tiger census report 2014, the population of tigers in India has increased from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014.

This tiger census report was released by Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar.

Key facts of tiger census report 2014

  • It shows an increase of 30 per cent in country’s tiger population compared to 2011 tiger census report.
  • The latest tiger census figures show that Karnataka has the highest number of tigers in the age group of 1.5 years and more. It has 408 tigers in that age group.
  • While census figures show that 340 tigers are in Uttarakhand, 308 in Madhya Pradesh, 229 in Tamil Nadu, 190 in Maharashtra, 167 in Assam, 136 in Kerala and 117 in Uttar Pradesh.
  • As per new census, India is estimated to be home to around 70% of the world’s tigers.
  • For census, total of 3,78,118 sq km of forest area in 18 tiger states was surveyed with a total of 1,540 unique tiger photo captures.

Tiger census

In India, tiger census is carried out after a gap of every three years by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).

2008 tiger census: Tiger population estimated was 1,411.

2011 tiger census: Tiger population estimated was 1,706.

World Future Energy Summit begins in Abu Dhabi

The World Future Energy Summit 2015 has begun in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

It is eight edition of the summit and will be four day event.

It will provide platform to delegates including world leaders, international policy makers, industry leaders, investors, experts, academia, intellectuals and journalists from all over the world including India.

Delegates will discuss the future of renewable energy and how to overcome the challenges in tapping potential of it.

Key highlights of World Future Energy Summit

  • It will provide a platform for commercial solutions to clean and green energy.
  • It will include exhibition of first-of-its-kind, fully integrated hybrid product that captures both solar and wind energy to provide more consistent power generation.
  • Summit will also display a mobile solar power plant on a trailer with a 4.8 kWp capacity and battery storage of up to 20 kWh and a new turbine that converts energy from sea waves.
  • It will also display parabolic sun-dish concentrators combined with a specialized steam generator suitable for enhanced oil recovery, power generation, water desalination operations and power generations are on display.