News and Views

News & Views

News……………..

Our chat topic for October 03 was "amphibians". October also witnessed a "once in a century event" in the world of amphibians. The discovery of a new species and family of frogs by Dr. S.D Biju( India) and Dr. Franky Bossuyt ( Brussels). Nasikabatrachus Sahyadrensis ( meaning the snubnosed one from Western Ghats) belongs to a species that existed in the age of the dinosaurs. Its closest relatives live in Seychelles, 3000 km south of Indian peninsula, providing yet another piece of evidence in support of the theory of continental drift.

November to April is the best time to visit national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
 John Eickert of NumBum Adventures tempts the readers with his trekking account to Milam glacier under the twin peaks of Nanda Devi.

The tiger contest is still on. The tigers at Ranthambhore are known to be most casual towards tourists. Yet in this audio visual they sure seem to tell a story.

Members speak

Mail From Anil K(kumar) Bheemaiah(b)anil bheemaiah <bheemaiaha2003@yahoo.com>
Director world peace resonance.

I am interested in

a) Wild life information elib, mite network so that conservation monitoring can be done by monitoring
mites.

b)species wise population clocks

c)Study of herbivore plant synergies and plant genome conservation belt, with the side effect of providing
wildlife migration corridors.

I request information on like minded people ongoing projects so that the above can be implemented.

Thanks
anil K Bheemaiah

and Views…………..

South Africa has been sitting on a time bomb for a long time, and this bomb was created by unscrupulous businesses, which had either no consideration or no passion for the environment. It has been a matter of wealth first, environment later, instead of balancing the two. As usual, when business is unchecked, it exploits the natural resources as much as possible at the expense of the environment.

For our country to succeed with environmental management, all South Africans, especially the environmental experts and businesses need to constantly develop environmentally sound technologies so that the environmental challenges we create with our production processes are appropriately addressed. This calls for an awareness and education drive.

South Africa is the third most bio diverse country in the world. We recognize biodiversity as a national asset and encourage sustainable use and management of this asset through benefit sharing and participation of communities. In fact, there has been a decline of medicinal plant species in the past few years. I am trying to raise funds for projects to assist the proliferation of the useful and economically important species. In one of the projects, we are encouraging local people to plant more trees. And in another one, we are especially encouraging women to plant indigenous trees and fruit plants in their homes and surrounding areas.

Rejoice T Mabudafhasi, South Africa’s Deputy Minister
of Environmental Affairs and Tourism


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