Environment Current Affairs 2018

Latest Environment Current Affairs 2017 for UPSC Exams, Bank Exams, Civil Services, SSC and other Competitive Exams. Latest developments in Environment and Climate Change 2017 all important national updates in Environment events for the year 2017

ICFRE and TIFAC ink MoU for supporting Forest Based Communities

The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC) have signed MoU to provide livelihood opportunities and augment income of forest based communities. The MoU will be valid for period of 10 years.

Features of MoU

  • Prioritization of technologies developed by ICFRE in consultation with stakeholders.
  • Patent searching and filing in field of forestry and allied subjects.
  • Identify technology gaps and commercialization of technologies.
  • Forest based technologies extension and transfer through stakeholder consultations.
  • Create IPR awareness in field of forestry and environment including wood science and allied subjects for ICFRE and its institutes.


The MoU will help to open up gate of synergy and collaboration between two organisations in areas of forest technology, extension and commercialization to various stakeholder including farmers, industries and others. It will assist industries to optimize utilization of forest based resources with access of technology to different users. Through this collaboration, TIFAC will help ICFRE to refine and up-scale the technologies developed, take technologies to end users including farmers, state forest departments, forest based industries and forest dependent communities in more effective manner.


It is autonomous council under Department of Science and Technology. It was established as a registered Society in February 1988. It is mandated to assess state-of-art of technology and set directions for future technological development in India in important socio-economic sectors. It is headquartered in New Delhi.


ICFRE is autonomous organisation under Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC). It is headquartered in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Its mandate is to conduct forestry research, transfer technologies developed to states and other user agencies and to impart forestry education.


March 20: World Sparrow Day

The world sparrow day (WSD) is observed every year on March 20 to raise awareness of the house sparrow and other common birds in urban environments and threats to their populations. The rationale for celebrating the Day is to use it as a platform to underscore the need to conserve sparrows as well as the urban biodiversity.

Declining Population

The sparrow, especially the common house sparrow is one of the oldest companions of human beings. But its population is declining for various reasons such as destruction of its habitat, lack of insect food for the young and the increasing microwave pollution from mobile phone towers.


WSD is an international initiative by the Nature Forever Society of India (NFSI) in collaboration with the Eco-Sys Action Foundation (France) and also numerous other national and international organisations across the world. The first WSD was organised in different parts of the world in 2010. In 2012, then Delhi Government had launched campaign called “Rise of Sparrows” aimed at conservation of House Sparrow among other birds. It was also declared as the ‘state bird’ by then Delhi for its conservation.