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“We need to analyse data to see if there is an increase in wildlife clearances compared to previous years,” said a senior environment ministry (forest division) official on condition of anonymity.(AP file photo. Representative image)

680 projects in protected areas given wildlife clearance in 5 years

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 05:45 AM IST
These projects are located in protected areas or wildlife-rich areas, and the fact that such a large number of projects were cleared without the full board meeting even once raised questions whether the NBWL was carrying out its mandate of promoting conservation of wildlife and development of forests,
Jharkhand, July 03 (ANI): Deserted view of Jharia mining area during second day of coal strike against the privatization of coal mines, in Dhanbad on Friday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Jharkhand, July 03 (ANI): Deserted view of Jharia mining area during second day of coal strike against the privatization of coal mines, in Dhanbad on Friday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)

680 projects in wildlife rich and protected areas were cleared in past 5 years

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2020 09:47 AM IST
All 48 members of the National Board for Wildlife, which comes under the Union Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, have never met during the last five years
The reply to a RTI query by environment activist Rohit Choudhury revealed that mining related work had already begun in 17 hectares (or nearly 39% area) of the 41 hectares claimed by CIL to be unbroken. (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)
The reply to a RTI query by environment activist Rohit Choudhury revealed that mining related work had already begun in 17 hectares (or nearly 39% area) of the 41 hectares claimed by CIL to be unbroken. (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)

Coal mining underway in Assam elephant reserve before wildlife board clearance: RTI query

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Utpal Parashar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2020 03:48 PM IST
The National Board of Wild Life allowed Coal India Limited (CIL) to conduct opencast coal mining in 98.59 hectares of the reserve forest. CIL had been carrying out mining in 57 hectares of the reserve forest and the fresh recommendation allowed it to do mining in another 41 hectares, which was unbroken.
The Wildlife Conservation Strategy of 2002 recommends a buffer of 10 km around sanctuaries. The SC had upheld the policy and directed states and the Centre on several occasions to enforce the ESZ.(HT image)
The Wildlife Conservation Strategy of 2002 recommends a buffer of 10 km around sanctuaries. The SC had upheld the policy and directed states and the Centre on several occasions to enforce the ESZ.(HT image)

Rules eased for clearance of projects near buffer zone

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2019 10:31 PM IST
Projects located within the notified ESZ will require the NBW’sL nod, which can be applied for together with the initial “terms of reference” application.
Orphan elephants play at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya on March 12, 2019. - Each calf at the nursery has a tragic story: orphaned by poachers, drought, or in conflict with humans encroaching ever further into the few wild places left. Elephants stay for about three years at the orphanage, where they are fed every three hours and sleep in individual wooden pens, each with a keeper. In 42 years, the trust has rehabilitated more than 230 orphan elephants. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)(AFP)
Orphan elephants play at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya on March 12, 2019. - Each calf at the nursery has a tragic story: orphaned by poachers, drought, or in conflict with humans encroaching ever further into the few wild places left. Elephants stay for about three years at the orphanage, where they are fed every three hours and sleep in individual wooden pens, each with a keeper. In 42 years, the trust has rehabilitated more than 230 orphan elephants. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)(AFP)

Wildlife board not to hear J-K cases now

New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
PUBLISHED ON APR 07, 2019 06:45 AM IST
Existing laws, including the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and the Jammu and Kashmir Wildlife Protection Act, do not provide for consultation of the NBWL for cases related to national parks or sanctuaries in Jammu and Kashmir, the committee said in a report.
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project needs 115.5 hectare forests from notified eco-sensitive zones of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary and the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary.(Bloomberg / Photo uesed for representational purpose only)
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project needs 115.5 hectare forests from notified eco-sensitive zones of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary and the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary.(Bloomberg / Photo uesed for representational purpose only)

First build safe animal passages, then lay bullet train lines: Wildlife board

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2019 03:21 PM IST
The National Board for Wildlife is one of several agencies that need to approve the construction work on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project.
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