India to include Elephant and Bustard in global conservation listDate: 11 February 2020 Tags: Biodiversity
India will be moving to include the Asian Elephant and the Great Indian Bustard in the list of species that merit heightened conservation measures.
The list will be debated at the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), an environment treaty under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The COP is scheduled to be organised from February 17 to 22 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. There are 130 parties to the convention and India has been a member since 1983.
Having the elephant and the Great Indian Bustard in the list, more formally known as Appendix 1, would coax countries neighbouring India, where wild animals such as tigers and elephant foray into, to direct more resources and attention to protecting them. There are now 173 species in the Appendix 1.
Along with these, seven species that include Dugong, Whale Shark, Marine Turtle (two species), have been identified for preparation of Conservation and Recovery Action Plan.
The elephants merits the highest level of protection, or Schedule 1, under the Wildlife Protection Act.
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