Sustainable Development in Northern India
Happy Wildlife Day to my fellow Wildlife Enthusiasts!!!!!!!!! Today, the 3rd of March has been declared as World Wildlife Day by the United Nations General Assembly. This day is set aside to celebrate all wildlife, both plants and animals, and to raise awareness on the causes of endangerment for some of the wildlife species and the benefit of their survival on our planet.
India, being a country known for its undulating landscapes and rich cultures is also home to more than 45,000 species of flora and accounts for about 42.5% of all faunal species. A considerable number of these wildlife species can be found in the 3 main Biodiversity Hotspots which are present in the heart of the Western Ghats, the Indo Burma region and the Eastern Himalayas region.
Apart from the 3 main wildlife pockets, the Western Himalayan range including the state of Himachal Pradesh, some areas of both Punjab and Rajasthan has been known to be a rich wildlife haven for Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians and Invertebrates. The Great Himalayan National park in itself is a home to a total of 832 plants species 31 species of mammals, 209 species of birds, 12 species of reptiles, 9 species of amphibians and 125 species of Insects. That is a lot of species documented just in 1 national park! With India having about 89 national parks, 18 Bio reserves and 400+ wildlife sanctuaries.
My name is Monica Fatogun half Indian and half Nigerian and I recently joined the Conserve Natural India (a week ago!). This is based in Naddi, Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh and I will be working on a new Wildlife Conservation Project, to study, introduce, raise awareness and educate the Naddi community (Children mainly) on the wildlife present in the area. I will also be updating a blog about this new project regularly (Hopefully!!) as this is a topic that I am passionate about.
I would like to extend my hand to congratulate and welcome any form of support from the Wildlife Conservationists all over India and the world that have strenuously worked towards preservation and protection of our wildlife species. Those who do see the importance of Wildlife as a balance to our already disturbed planet. I would also urge those who are not aware to research, read, and watch as Knowledge is Power. When we know the problem, we can solve or be the solution.
Last year, the Western Black Rhino was declared extinct and there are Indian endangered species like the Asian Elephants, the common Leopard and the Gangetic dolphin that are gradually following suit. So let this day be a remindence of the good and the bad events in Wildlife news. All hope is not lost as there have been several rays of sunshine on the Wildlife Status as Nepal for a year has not lost any of its Rhinoceros, Tigers or Elephants (according to WWF). France, the Philippines, China, Chad and the USA have all ruined stocks of seized ivory to remove any possibility of it leaking back into the illegal market. This makes an incredibly important public statement that illegal wildlife trade will not be taken lightly. All that is needed is motivation and strive for a change and this starts from you, your thought process and ideas. Once again I want to wish you a happy Wildlife Day and stay informed.
Monica Fatogun, Nigeria/India
Wildlife Conservation Project Manager