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Snail species 2 mm in length discovered in Meghalaya cave

A new micro snail species was found from deep inside a limestone cave at Mawsmai village in Meghalaya's East Khasi Hills district. The discovery was made by Nipu Kumar Das and NA Aravind, scientists from ATREE. Meghalaya is famous for its caves and the two scientists are concerned that tourist footfalls could affect the ecology of the area.

Three days training started in Bastar district regarding recognition and management of community forest resource rights

Apart from this, the convener of Adivasi Dalit Manch, Mrs. Rajim Katewas and Dr. Sharadchandra Lele were also specially present. On this occasion, the guests and trainers gave detailed information to the social workers and volunteers present about the recognition and management objectives of community forest resource rights and the specifics of the works to be done at the ground level for its successful implementation.

Micro snail species discovered deep inside limestone cave in Meghalaya

A snail species measuring less than two millimetres in length has been discovered deep inside a limestone cave in Meghalaya’s Mawsmai village. “The cave has a very unique environment that can harbour unique faunal diversity. There are several studies on cave biodiversity in Southeast Asian countries and other parts of the world, which reported various animals including snails, but very few studies are there from Indian caves,” the two scientists, Nipu Kumar Das and Aravind NA, have been quoted as saying.

New Snail Species, Less Than 2 mm In Length, Discovered In Meghalaya Cave

A new micro snail species was found from deep inside a limestone cave at Mawsmai village in Meghalaya's East Khasi Hills district by scientist at ATREE. Mawsmai cave is one of the major tourist attractions of Sohra, erstwhile Cherrapunji. Until now, five snail species have been found from the caves of Meghalaya and there could be more, they said. Lately, artificial lights and cemented floor and steps have been added inside to make it more "tourist-friendly".

Micro snail species discovered in Meghalaya’s Mawsmai cave

A micro snail species has recently been discovered from Mawsmai, a limestone cave in Meghalaya, 170 years after the last such discovery was made. The researchers involved in the discovery are Nipu Kr Das and Aravind Madhyastha of ATREE. The Mawsmai cave is one of the major tourist attractions in Meghalaya, the high tourist influx may pose threat to this micro snail species and other cave faunas.

Human disturbance alters parasite communities, increases infectious disease: study

India’s One Health and Zoonoses Programme is a part of the National Mission on Biodiversity and Human Well-Being (NMBH) launched by the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council in 2019 to be a proactive surveillance and capacity building endeavour.

Mapping the potential of Community Forest Resource Rights in central India

The study found that across these states, around 60,000 villages could potentially claim CFR rights under the FRA over an area of at least ~1,83,000 km2, and potentially benefit about 6.26 crore people. To further aid state agencies, activists, and the public, we have put the maps on a publicly browsable webGIS and posted the list of CFR potential villages on our website. This should enable the state agencies to assess their own progress, direct their energies in appropriate areas, and understand the landscape of forest use.

When conservation efforts collide with tribal rights in Maharashtra

When conservation efforts collide with policies or actions that are detrimental to the environment, it is an easier choice to pick sides. But when demarcation of critical wildlife habitats end up endangering the rights of tribals, forest-dependent local communities, the government and judiciary have a complicated and delicate challenge.

Seeds of invasive species dispersed

A recent study has revealed that native mammals disperse the highly invasive ‘Senna Sepctabilis’ in the Western Ghats. The plant is posing a serious threat to the wildlife habitat in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary as well as the adjacent Bandipur and Mudumalai Tiger Reserves in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

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