2015 was a busy year for IUFRO. The impressive number of 80 IUFRO co-sponsored scientific meetings and a strong IUFRO presence in global policy processes and events show the high level of activity in IUFRO throughout the year. In addition, following new strategic initiatives, a series of interesting opportunities for IUFRO scientists to network and share results have emerged, such as the ten new IUFRO Task Forces. Among the major achievements there were two publications in the IUFRO World Series, one on the forest and food nexus, and the other one on the climate benefits of forest landscape restoration. But there was much more…
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Residents were evacuated from their homes on several streets in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem Thursday as an enormous forest fire, fanned by high winds, swept toward the area.Elsewhere
Javadekar lists increased forest cover for better monitoring of industrial pollution among top achievements
Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal said: "The newborn rhino is a signal of hope and an inspiration for Nepal's rhino conservation efforts. It is encouraging to see all the five translocated rhinos and the newborn adapt well in their new home in Babai Valley, which once lost its entire rhino population to poaching. By building on the legacy of conservation partnerships with the government agencies, conservation agencies and local communities, Nepal could well be on its way to build a secure future for this iconic species."
Nepal's rhino translocation efforts will continue till 2018 by the end of which 30 rhinos will have been translocated from Chitwan National Park to Bardia National Park and Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve. With rhino numbers at an all-time high of 645 in Nepal, the translocations will be a major boost to bringing back rhino numbers to its historical size of 800.
Related Link: "Rhinos on the Move" - A short video on Nepal's rhino translocation expedition of 1-5 March 2016.