Report on wildlife conservation initiatives submitted by India: United Nations agency
New Delhi, February 24: The Indian government has produced a report detailing conservation initiatives for many species listed in the CMS Appendices, including those added at COP13 in Gandhinagar, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) secretariat said on Wednesday.
Marine species are among those benefiting from the new conservation measures. As a signatory to the IOSEA Sea Turtle MOU, the government has launched a National Marine Turtle Action Plan (2021-2026) to take effective action for marine turtle conservation, did he declare.
The stranding of whales and dolphins is a widespread phenomenon that requires urgent attention. The new marine megafauna stranding guidelines provide guidance for managing stranding situations and potentially reducing the mortality of these species. Tiger found dead in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, carcass sent for autopsy.
The endangered Ganges dolphin or Platanista gangetica enjoys concerted action adopted at the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (COP13) held in Gandhinagar in February of the last year.
The recently launched Dolphin Project aims to strengthen the conservation of river and marine dolphins. According to the report, government agencies and fishermen will be involved in the project and local communities will also participate.
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Over the past year, the Indian government has taken steps to reduce the number of birds injured and killed in collisions with power lines. Captive breeding to increase bird numbers has produced the first results, said the CMS secretariat, headquartered in Bonn.
India is also taking concrete steps to conserve other species of migratory birds, including Amur and Saker vultures and falcons.
Ecological connectivity is essential for the functioning of animal migration. Environmentally friendly measures for linear infrastructure projects will facilitate the movement of migratory fauna and improve their resilience and genetic diversity.
The Asian elephant, which has been granted national heritage status in India, is at the center of cross-border conservation efforts.
This Appendix-I species faces threats from human-animal conflicts. India and Bangladesh have agreed to ensure animal and human safety through early warning systems.
In addition, India has made progress in snow leopard conservation through the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program.
A community volunteering program aims to involve young people and women in the conservation of wildlife and in the sustainable use of the biological resources of high altitude ecosystems.
CMS is the only United Nations treaty that deals with migratory species and their habitats.
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