Jairam Ramesh says bird species are declining in India
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New Delhi, August 27: Congress Leader and former Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday claimed that bird species have declined in the country.
“The second edition of our carefully curated State of India’s Birds released two days ago points us to some worrying trends. Of the 942 bird species assessed, 204, nearly a quarter, have declined in the past year. 30 years,” he wrote on X (formerly Twitter).
“Many of the species that are declining rapidly are those with a wide range of habitats outside of protected areas, especially habitats such as grasslands, rivers and coasts.”
Ramesh said birds face three major threats common to all parts of India – forest degradation, urbanization and energy infrastructure. He added that climate change and illegal hunting and trade remain significant threats.
He said protecting birds and many other species required an approach that went beyond protected areas that encompass entire landscapes. “Another key point is that the tables included in the recently amended Wildlife Protection Act, which were studied in detail by the Parliamentary Standing Committee, need to be periodically reviewed and updated based on the latest scientific evidence and consultation with experts,” he added.
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