Vietnam bans wildlife imports

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Vietnam has banned all import of wildlife and wildlife products to reduce the risk of new pandemics, according to a BBC report.

  • An order signed by the country’s Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, was uploaded on the federal government’s website on July 23, 2020. It said that all citizens were to restrain from participating in illegal poaching, buying, selling, and transporting wildlife.
  • The order also banned wildlife markets, including online ones.
  • Vietnam has been a popular destination for exotic wildlife for long. Animals, many of them from endangered species, are used either for making exotic cuisine or in traditional medicine.

Assam requests withdrawal of notification allowing pig movement 

Assam’s agriculture minister, Atul Bora, has written to Union Minister for Animal Husbandry and Dairy, Giriraj Singh, requesting the withdrawal of a notification that allows the movement of pigs from Punjab and Haryana to Assam.

  • The state’s pig population was reeling under the impact of African swine fever, Bora was quoted as saying in media reports. Any free movement of pigs from outside the state would seriously undermine all steps taken to control the spread of the disease, he added.
  • As many as 17,118 pigs have died so far due to African swine fever in 422 villages of the state, according to the state government.

India among top 10 countries gaining forest area in the world: FAO

India has ranked third among the top 10 countries that have gained in forest areas in the last decade, the latest Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) brought out by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has said.

  • The top 10 countries that have recorded the maximum average annual net gains in a forest area during 2010-2020 are China, Australia, India, Chile, Vietnam, Turkey, the United States, France, Italy, and Romania, according to the FRA 2020. India accounts for two percent of the total global forest area.
  • The Asian continent reported the highest net gain in a forest area in 2010-2020, according to the report. It recorded a 1.17 million hectares (ha) per year net increase in forests in the last decade.
  • However, the South Asia sub-region reported net forest losses during 1990-2020. But, this decline would have been much higher without the net gain in India’s forest during this period, according to FRA 2020.
  • During the decade under assessment, India reported 0.38 percent annual gain in the forest, or 266,000 ha of forest increase every year at an average. The FRA 2020 has credited the government’s Joint Forest Management program for the significant increase in community-managed forest areas in the Asian continent.
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