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Tomorrow (July 29) is International Tiger Day, an opportunity to celebrate this remarkable but seriously endangered creature and to make some waves on behalf of the estimated 3,200 remaining in the wild.
EIA will be focusing on the ongoing threat posed by tiger farming - visit our website (eia-international.org/) and Facebook pages tomorrow to find and share our new interactive tool about tiger farming.
#whereRthetigers #tigers #China #tigerfarming ... See MoreSee Less
22 hours ago ·
India conducts first official survey of Ganges dolphins
The conservation of dolphins in India’s holiest, but most polluted waterway, is under the spotlight as the country conducts its first official count of the freshwater species.
An estimated 450 volunteers, government experts and conservationists will take part in the exercise, which spans the states of Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, in November and December.
“This is the first time a unified survey will be done for an aquatic animal. It has been done for elephants and tigers but this is more complicated,” Dr Sandeep Behera, consultant at the government’s National Mission for Clean Ganga, told The Sunday Times. “We are doing the survey in winter, when water levels drop and we can capture numbers in small isolated pockets and get a good idea of the population.”
The government also hopes to gauge the health of the river in the process. “This time we have taken aquatic biodiversity as an indicator of how pollution is affecting the Ganges,” said Dr Behera.
The 2,500km-long river, which is considered holy by Hindus, who believe a dip in it cleanses sins, is heavily polluted with millions of tonnes of industrial effluent, sewage and pesticides. Cleaning it up has been a goal for decades and the Modi government has pledged more resources to tackle the pollution, including allocating more than 200bn rupees (S$4.3bn/£2bn) to the river.
Restoring its biodiversity, with the dolphin as the centrepiece, has also now become a part of the action plan for the Ganges.
The dolphin unified count – meaning it is not just a piecemeal effort by individual conservationists – will provide baseline data that environmentalists say is crucial for saving the endangered species. Estimates put the number of the grey-brown mammals at between 1,500 and 3,600.
Full story at www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/28/india-conducts-first-official-survey-of-ganges-dolphins
#India #Ganges #dolphin #pollution
Image: A Ganges river dolphin being released, by Dr Sandeep Behera ... See MoreSee Less
23 hours ago ·
A huge thank-you to everyone who responded to our call to participate in the European Commission's public consultation on the EU Birds and Habitats Directives (aka the Nature Directives).
In all, more than 500,000 people responded to Action Alerts [ht.ly/QaBHq], setting a new record for European Commission public consultation responses - more than three times higher than the previous record.
The Nature Directives exist to protect wildlife species and habitats in the UK and Europe.
Image: Iberian lynx, by Programa de Conservación Ex-situ del Lince Ibérico / www.lynxexsitu.es ... See MoreSee Less
23 hours ago ·