Wildlife Conservation Current Affairs - 2020

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Assam govt. sets up Anti Depredation Squads to avoid human-wildlife conflicts

The state government of Assam has set up 15 Anti-Depredation Squads of Forest department to deal with human-wildlife conflicts in state. The squads would help Forest Department to reduce casualties in conflict situations.

About Anti-Depredation Squads

These squads will be stationed in 15 major human-wildlife conflict districts of Assam to deal with problem and ensure the safety of both humans and animals. They will be equipped with all logistics required for mitigating conflict and will have 12 bore pump action guns and rubber bullet ammunition.

State Forest Department has engaged specially trained 50 front line staff to handle conflict situations with 100 more staff to be trained in coming days.

Need: The loss of lives of both humans and animals is unwarranted and squads must spread awareness about avoiding man-animal conflicts. There is also a need to bring casualties to zero by completely reducing man-animal conflict situations. Moreover, the peaceful coexistence is a must for both man and animals. and urged the people of the state to cooperate with the squads in spreading awareness about animal behaviour.

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Wildlife Week India, 2019

The Wildlife Week is celebrated all over the country every year between 2nd October and 8th October. The aim is to preserve animal life in India. Through out the week events and campaigns are organized to teach people about animal life and encourage them save large number of animals by not killing them for food and other purposes.

Theme: Life Below Water: For people and planet

Significance

It is because of animal population in forest and other areas the environmental balance is preserved in nature. There is lack of awareness about this fact.

According to The Science Magazine, around 5,500 species of birds, amphibians and reptiles are being sold in world markets. It is a multi – dollar business and is considered as the most severe threats of biodiversity

During the week, many experts conduct seminars to introduce challenging aspects of wildlife conservation.

Background

The week was first celebrated in 1972. The event is organized by National Board of Wildlife since its establishment in 1972.

Highlights

  • The forest departments organize bird watching at wetlands. Bengaluru – Jakkkur lake bird watch was organized in Bangalore.
  • Symposiums, Conferences, workshops, lectures and education trainings are also conducted in schools, colleges and universities.
  • The Government of India has already declared Eco – sensitive zones like Sanctuaries, Biosphere reserves and Nationals parks to prohibit human activities.

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