Thursday, November 5, 2009

Conserving Wildlife!

These many days we were talking about energy saving techniques, recycling in our Green Living. After I attend this workshop by EWS-WWF, I learnt perspective for conserving wildlife.

Let's see how our small careless action can threaten wildlife and how each individual can take part in conserving wild life.

Threats faced by Wild life in water resources (i.e Seas, Rivers, Lakes, natural pools, *Wadi etc)
- Fishing & Diving: anchors can damage coral reefs
- Fishing endangered species: High prices & demand can lead fishermen to target rare species
- Coastal & offshore development: dredging can damage reefs, alters habitats
- Overfishing: fish are caught when they are too small and in numbers which the populations can not sustain
- Throwing rubbish: Can be eaten by turtles or other species, which then gets stuck in their digestive system & kills them

- Red tide: seasonal phenomenon possibly accelerated by high nutrient loads in coastal water
- Oil pollution: tankers waiting in seawater to enter the gulf occasionally wash out their tanks, resulting in dangerous oil pollution along the coast.
- Toxic waste: Can pollute water and damage animals. Animals become trapped by plastic
-Introduction of non-native i.e. 'alien' species: compete directly with native wildlife for food & space
- Excess ground water pumping: cause drying up water resources like wadi pool.

*Wadi- It's Arabic word. It's a valley , gully or stream bed that filled with water from rain or oasis.

Threats faced by Wild life in mountains and forests

- Quarrying: Result in habitat loss & fragmentation
- Hunting: large mammals traditionally hunted for food are now needlessly hunted for sport. population of these animals is decreasing at alarming rate
- Throwing rubbish: toxic waste can pollute water, damage trees and animals. Animals can eat the rubbish which may be harmful to them.
- Introducing alien species: Can compete with local species for food and space.
- Developments: Cause loss of habitat in region

Threats faced by Wild life in Dessert

- Off road driving: burrows can be destroyed, animals & plants can be damaged by vehicles.
- Hunting
- Throwing rubbish
- Leaving pets in dessert wildlife
- Development: Large development in dessert leads to loss of habitat

Wildlife Conservation tips when you are outdoors

-Take your rubbish home with you
-Do not realise any pet in wild
-When driving off road stick to tracks, do not disturb wildlife
-Take care not to damage coral while swimming
-Do not remove or damage any wildlife
-Do not damage plants or burn trees
-Don't use plastic, use paper or clothe
-If toilets are not available find location at least 100ft away from water resource. dig deep whole and cover up your deposit
-Don't drink aerated drinks. It's not healthy and cans, bottles are huge waste problem



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Amruta Kshemkalyani- Tavkar said...

Thank You! Yes Konkan travel is on my list since many years, I have been there a few times in my childhood. Would love to share my future Konkan travel with my readers.