endangered wildlife species Current Affairs - 2019
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A Memorandum of Understanding has been drafted by India, Nepal and Bhutan to create a trans-boundary wildlife conservation park. The park will include bio-diversity rich landscapes
Unlike other parks that are species oriented, this peace park will be landscape oriented. Such a kind already exists in Manas park region. However, only a part of the trans-boundary protected area in India and Bhutan is being conserved based on the landscape. In the new peace park, the entire park will have its conservation protocols completely based on landscape.
About the park
- The park will be an extension of the Manas park
- The initiative was started by India keeping in view the migratory wildlife species in the region, especially elephants.
Manas National Park
- Manas National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, Project tiger reserve and a biosphere reserve.
- The park is contiguous with the Royal Manas National Park of Bhutan.
- It is home to many endangered species like Assam roofed turtle, golden Langur, hispid hare, pygmy hog.
- The park is famous for its wild water buffaloes
- It is located on the Manas river, a major tributary of Brahmaputra
Tags: Brahmaputra River • Conservation • endangered wildlife species • India-Bhutan • India-Nepal
The Art and Culture Minister of Goa, Govind Gaude has announced that Ghumot, an indigenous earthen drum will soon be notified as a heritage instrument of Goa. Ghumot is an indigenous earthen drum fashioned as a designed clay pot, with the skin of the monitor lizard stretched taut across the pot’s mouth, forming a drumhead. Ghumot is a percussion instrument widely played during Ganesh Chaturthi Aarties.
Goa which is the former Portuguese colony presented Ghumot as a gift to the Portuguese Prime Minister Anotnio Costa during his visit to India in 2017. Portuguese Prime Minister Anotnio Costa is is of Goan origin.
Why Ghumot was banned?
The skin of monitor lizard is one of the key components of the Ghumot. Since the monitor lizard was classified as an endangered wildlife species and was listed in Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, Ghumot was banned by the Forest Department of Goa.
In recent years attempts were made to revive the heritage instrument of Goa by replacing monitor lizard skin with the skin of a she-goat. This revival had spiked the interests about the instrument.
Taking forward the efforts to conserve the heritage musical instrument the government of Goa is taking steps to declare Ghumot as the heritage musical instrument of Goa.