The day focuses on bringing the world together to help elephants and also inform people and organizations about the threat that an elephant faces.
World Elephant Day is an international initiative co-founded by the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and Patricia Sims, the Founding President of World Elephant Society.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar released a document on Best Practices and launched a beta version of the portal on Human-Elephant Conflict on the eve of World Elephant Day. The National Portal on human-elephant conflict called “Surakhsya”.
A study based on satellite data has flagged a high rate of deforestation in a major hornbill habitat in Arunachal Pradesh.
Using fine-scale satellite imagery, a trio of ecologists assessed the changes in forest cover of the Papum Reserve Forest (RF) adjoining the Pakke Tiger Reserve as well as a part of Assam affected by illegal felling and ethnic conflict.
Papum RF is a nesting habitat of three species of the large, colourful fruit-eating hornbills: Great, Wreathed, and Oriental Pied. The Pakke reserve houses a fourth species, the Rufous-Necked.
Referred to as ‘forest engineers’ or ‘farmers of forest’ for playing a key role in dispersing seeds of tropical trees, hornbills indicate the prosperity and balance of the forest they build nests in.
Designing the new business segment of private train operations in India, the Indian Railways has said that private operators will pay heavy damages to the Railways if trains are late or even early.
Since it will be a revenue-sharing arrangement with the government, Railways will depute its “representatives” in the offices of the private companies to ascertain that they are reporting their earnings “honestly and faithfully”.
If actual revenue is found to be more than 1 per cent of what is reported, the private firm will pay 10 times the difference thereof as damages to Railways.