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Union Government launched ENVIS portal

The Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has launched Environment Information System (ENVIS) portal and mobile application.

It was launched on the sidelines of the national interaction-cum-evaluation workshop for Environment Information System.

ENVIS Portal (http://envis.nic.in) runs parallel with the objectives of Digital India which works on improving the digital literacy in the environment sector and deliver services digitally. It will play important role integrating network of ENVIS centres.

About Environment Information System (ENVIS)

  • ENVIS is central sector Scheme of the MOEFCC implemented since 1982.
  • The purpose of the scheme is to integrate country-wide efforts in environmental information collection, storage, collation, retrieval and dissemination.
  • The ENVIS network presently consists of 69 centres, of which 29 are under environment departments of various state governments/UT administrations while remaining 40 are operated by environment-related government and non-governmental organisations.

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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 four years by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).

2006 tiger census: Tiger population estimated was 1,411.

2010 tiger census: Tiger population estimated was 1,706.

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