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  • India

    Biodiversity barrier

    Bangladesh's environment minister Shahjahan Siraj feels that the Farakka barrage in India is obstructing the normal flow of sweet water into the Sunderbans, thereby increasing salinity and

  • Nepal

    Caught in the crossfire in Nepal

    Caught in the crossfire in Nepal

    The Bankariyas, a forest dweller community of central Nepal, have been uprooted from their traditional habitat and are living like refugees in their own country. Several other indigenous groups have suffered the same fate. The eight year old war between t

  • India

    Dwindling numbers

    Dwindling numbers

    dolphins in Brahmaputra river are dying. A recent census conducted in the Guwahati-Bangladesh region has found that the dolphin ( Platanista gangetica) population in the Brahmaputra river system

  • Sri Lanka

    Endangered plant

    TETU LAKDA (Nothatodytes Foetida) a tree found in the rain forests of south India and Sri Lanka is facing a threat from international traders because of its medicinal properties. The extract of

  • Nepal

    Nepal

    Nepal

    Officials in Nepal and India have expressed concern over the trans-boun-dary migration of wild animals. They say the movement of animals is posing a serious threat to the life and property of the

  • Nepal

    Harnessing fauna

    Harnessing fauna

    Nepal’s practical approach to biodiversity conservation

  • Pakistan

    Fishing solutions

    Fishing solutions

    Pakistan s fisherfolk launch movement against Rangers

  • Sri Lanka

    Mission impossible

    Mission impossible

    Post Tsunami Sri Lanka traverses the snag infested path to disaster management

  • India

    SAARC nations to fight illegal wildlife trade

    Eight SAARC countries have agreed to work jointly to tackle the region's illegal wildlife trade that has assumed alarming proportions. The countries have come under the banner of the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), an inter-governmental organisation, to tackle the illegal trade. The South Asian region is a storehouse of biological diversity and rich terrestrial, freshwater and marine resources. As a result, illegal trade and over-exploitation of wild animals and plants pose a major challenge to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the region. In a first regional workshop held in Kathmandu, the group agreed to a series of joint action as part of a South Asia Wildlife Trade Initiative (SAWTI). This includes the setting up of a South Asia Experts Group on Wildlife Trade and development of a South Asia Regional Strategic Plan on Wildlife Trade (2008-2013). The SACEP was established in 1982 for promoting regional co-operation in South Asia in the field of environment. The group includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The workshop was organised by the Nepal Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, SACEP, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Nepal and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade-monitoring network. Senior wildlife officials from these countries have called upon the international community to support action in South Asia by providing financial and technical assistance in the implementation of the regional plan, an official statement of TRAFFIC said here. The Kathmandu workshop has agreed to focus on a number of key areas of work. These include co-operation and co-ordination, effective legislation policies and law enforcement, sharing knowledge and effective dissemination of information, sustainability of legal trade and livelihoods security, intelligence networks and early warning systems and capacity building. IANS

  • India

    Child mortality: India behind even Bangla

    With two million children under the age of five dying every year, India has a dismal record in child mortality. Now, a new study conducted by Save the Children, which compares child mortality in a country to its national income per person, shows that India lags behind poorer neighbours like Bangladesh and Nepal when it comes to cutting child deaths. This, even despite its impressive rate of economic growth as compared to the other South Asian nations.

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