[Conservation] UNESCO status for Great Himalayan National Park, Draft Western Ghat Notification

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  1. Great Himalayan National Park
  2. Draft Notification on W.Ghats

Great Himalayan National Park: UNESCO nomination

why in News? March 2014: Government nominated it for UNESCO heritage site, because of its fragile ecology and inaccessibility.

  • located at Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
  • At the height of 1500-6000m. Climate: Western Himalayan temperate and alpine type.
  • Rare species found in the park
  • Also has glaciers.
  • Rivers: Tirthan, Sainj, Jiwa Nal, and Parvati. (all get water from glaciers)
  • Sanctuaries near the park: Sainj, Tirthan

UPSC’s unwritten rule dictates that we mugup the species found in this park and their “endangeredness” for MCQ!
Flora in Great Himalayan National Park

SpeciesIUCN classification
Blue Sheep / Bharalleast concern. Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar.
Snow LeopardEndangered
Himalayan Brown Bearleast concern.
Himalayan Tahrnear threatened. one type of goat.
Musk DeerEndangered. Musk produced by Males. Used in cosmetic/perfume industry. Also found in China.
Kalij Pheasant (Bird)least concern
Cheer Pheasant (Bird)vulnerable
Himalayan Griffon Vultureleast concern. [note: Indian vulture (long billed) is critically endangered but this Griffon is least concern, as per IUCN.
Golden EagleLeast concern. Note: Bald Eagle is the national bird of USA.

Western Ghats: Draft notification

Q. Discuss in brief the Draft notification on Western Ghats ecologically sensitive areas. [100 words]
MoEF published this draft, based on Kasturirangan committee’s recommendations for protection of Western Ghats.
Salient features
In Ecologically sensitive areas:

  • New hydropower projects only after EIA (Environmental impact assessment)
  • Permitted “orange” category industries but with strict vigil.
  • Diversion of forest land for non-forest purpose: information must be provided in public domain.
  • Gram Sabha consent necessary for all new projects.

Following activities are prohibited in the Ecologically Sensitive areas

  • New thermal power plants
  • mining, quarrying and sand mining. Existing mines will be phased out within five years.
  • Any new ‘Red’ category of industries. (Categorization will be decided by pollution control board)
  • Building and township projects beyond specified size.
  • Under State governments, pollution control board and forest departments.
  • MoEF will setup a dedicated Monitoring Centre for Western Ghats
  • Any violation will be punished under Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

~130 words.
Btw,Why controversy over this draft?

  • Kasturirangan committee wanted creation of ecologically sensitive areas (ECA) in Western Ghats
  • The villages are to be declared as ECA if they have more than 20% ecologically sensitive areas in their boundaries.
  • But this draft notification removed “agriculture, plantation and settlement” from ECA definition. (to benefit some regions in Kerala, because of farmers’ protests)
  • Environment activists have challenged this in in National Green Tribunal.

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94 Comments on “[Conservation] UNESCO status for Great Himalayan National Park, Draft Western Ghat Notification”

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  2. In addition to the material published in our site, some more information about De-horning rhinos,would be useful for us. This was published in THE HINDU on March 29, 2014 in Letters to Editors column.

    The Assam government must explore the use of an indelible dye, a technique used in the Rhino Rescue Project, South Africa. Here, the dye is introduced which turns the inside of the horn bright pink. It is similar to products used in the banking industry to permanently stain stolen bank notes. It is visible on an X-ray scanner even when the horn is ground to a fine powder. Thus, airport security checkpoints can pick the presence of this dye in a treated horn. The dye could also discourage the use of horns for ornamental purposes. This will reduce smuggling of rhino horn which costs $60-$140 a gm in the international market. We need to explore all possible options to disincentivise and stop the evil of poaching.

    Thank you.

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  6. Dehorning is a lot more complicated issue than it appears.It is not merely poaching issue, it has ehtical aspects too.For instance loss of identity(one horned)which makes them unique all across the world which further will reduce its tourism value.Loss of behavioral functions,loss of confidence,loss of fertility or capacity to breed are somewhat related to dehorning. More over horn has very important role in thermoregulation and capacity to deal with infections and diseases.So according to me dehorning is not the best solution.But considering namibia’s success in curbing poaching through dehorning the best way to move forward is to couple it with extensive intelligence-led security and monitoring along with a publicity drive to ensure that poachers are aware of this(as horns are not visible when shooting from distance ) without which there may be a lag effect.During transportation and storage thefts or robberies may occur and cause leakage of horns in black market which requires lot more extra effort to prevent such situations..In conclusion dehorning is not a standalone solution.Fingers crossed
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  16. Draft notification on western ghats don’t even deserve my meaningful comments..Protection of environment and development need a balanced approach.But as always government is trying maximum to tilt it towards the latter side without even caring for the sustainable development which is still a paper material.An angry citizen’s next step should be to plead remaining 5 states to do the same as kerala did and further help government in reducing size of e sensitive areas..I dont want to say anything more on this..Just want to ask government that is there any other committee in process after kasturi???
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  18. The missing flight brought up the issue of hitherto less known chagos islands.on one hand it was declared marine reserve which is a highly protected area rich in biodiversity and on other it has been polluted by us navy human waste..2016 will be a very important year for mauritius as it will pave way for its full rights on these islands once again since 1968..no issues between usa and mauritius as they are allies but the way u.k has been asserting its sovereignty over many such territories is quite worrisome…Fingers crossed
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