16th Workshop On Greenhouse Gas Inventories

A four-day Workshop has been organized by the Ministry of Environment, Govt of Japan from July 10 to 13, 2018 in New Delhi. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr Harshvardhan, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Ministry of Earth Sciences. The workshop included policy initiatives of the government to increase penetration of LEDs, 5-10% Ethanol blending in petrol.

Tree wall to encircle Delhi

A ‘tree wall’ of nearly 31 lakh native trees will soon encircle Delhi to protect it from dust storms coming from Rajasthan, a senior official of Union Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change said. The government has already begun work of planting saplings. The tree wall will come along Delhi border with Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Govt proposes to set up 3,000 Van Dhan Kendras

The government has proposed to set up 3,000 Van Dhan Kendras involving 30,000 self-help groups across the country under the Van Dhan Scheme. It aims to skill up-gradation and capacity building training for value addition of forest produce. Van Dhan Mission is an initiative for targeting livelihood generation for tribals by harnessing non-timber forest produces.

Forest cover stood at 21.34 percent in 2015

India’s forest cover stood at 21.34% in 2015, an increase of 1.29 percent from 2009, according to a government report on the environment. The ‘Status of Environment Report, India 2015’, was released by Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan. Mizoram with 89% has the highest forest cover among the states and Union territories in the country. Assam’s forest cover at 35% was the lowest.

‘Gaj Yatra’ campaign launched in Meghalaya

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and the Wildlife Trust of India rolled out the ‘Gaj Yatra’ from Tura, Meghalaya. It aims to raise awareness about the shrinking space for India’s wild elephants & the importance of securing elephant corridors. The event involves taking an elephant mascot across districts frequented by jumbo herds for generating awareness among the people.

Pravin Agrawal appointed BHEL director

Power equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited has appointed Pravin L Agrawal as the part-time official director on its board. An Indian Forest Service officer, Agrawal is presently joint secretary in the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI), Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. Established in 1964, BHEL is India’s largest power generation equipment manufacturer.

Environment Ministry launched GSDP

The Union Environment Ministry launched its full-fledged Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) that aims to train over 5.5 lakh workers in environment and forest sectors in the country through 30 courses by 2021. Environment minister Harsh Vardhan also unveiled a related mobile app (GSDP-ENVIS). The GSDP was launched last year as a pilot project in 10 districts of the country.

China aims to deliver amphibious aircraft

China’s amphibious aircraft, stated to be the largest in the world is expected to be delivered to customers by 2022. Code-named Kunlong, the plane (AG600) is designed to be the world’s largest amphibious aircraft. It will mainly be used for maritime rescue, fighting forest fires and marine monitoring, according to its state-owned manufacturer.

India fast losing mangrove cover

According to the report, India has ranked ninth in the area of mangrove forests it lost between 2000 and 2015, but the rate of loss is only half the global average. The report has been published by the Woods Hole Research Center, a think tank based in Massachusetts, USA. While Malaysia, Myanmar, Brazil, and Thailand were other countries to lose maximum cover during the period of study.

New snake found in Western Ghats

The snake, currently observed only in the forests of the Anaikatty hills in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district, has been named Uropeltis bhupathyi. The reptile belongs to a family of snakes found only in peninsular India and Sri Lanka. They are non-venomous, burrowing and mostly earthworm-eating.